Chelsea have reportedly made an enquiry for Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk as the club could be willing to let go of the defender for “the right price”.
With the start to Premier League new season is now just over five weeks away, it’s not a surprise if Chelsea are ready to make defensive recruitments any time now.
Their 54 goals conceded record was the worst among the teams in top half of Premier League table this season and it’s fair to say they wouldn’t be able to close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City unless they solved their defensive issues.
According to a report from transfer expert Duncan Castles (Transfer Window podcast), Brighton’s Dunk is one of those potential defensive recruitments Chelsea are planning this summer.
He claimed that they have made their interest known by the centre-back’s representatives at Brighton.
Castles also added that the 28-year-old wants to play for England in the Euros next year and Chelsea could help him achieve that.
“I think if a club of Chelsea’s stature were to make a formal offer for the player, Brighton would listen to that,” he added.
He also said that as a club, Brighton respect players’ ambitions and they would allow Dunk to join a club who would allow him to play in the Champions League and potentially compete for the Premier League title “if the money is right”.
“I don’t think Dunk would be cheap from Brighton, for obvious reasons, but I don’t think he would be [as] expensive as [Ben] Chilwell or [Declan] Rice,” he said about the potential transfer fee Dunk would cost Chelsea.
A defender with leadership qualities Chelsea might need
Dunk has had a fairly good season as he helped Brighton stay in the Premier League.
He averaged 1.2 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per 90 minutes, with a tackle success rate of 65% (FBref).
The England international also won 65.6% of his aerial duels, which could help Chelsea solve their set-piece defence problems.
Dunk is also Brighton’s captain and Chelsea could use a leader to help organise their defence.
At the moment, he is under contract with Brighton until 2023.