Premier League giants Chelsea have reportedly been informed that they will have to come up with an offer of £50m if they keen on to secure the services of Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk before the end of the January transfer window.
The West London club are expected to be active this month after their transfer ban has been reduced and several names already linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
According to The Times, Blues boss, Frank Lampard is keen to secure the services of a new defender to Stamford Bridge, and the club has identified Dunk as a potential signing.
However, the report suggests that Brighton have placed a £50m asking price on the 28-year-old defender, which would make him the second-most expensive English defender behind Harry Maguire.
Dunk, who was rumoured with Leicester City earlier last summer after Maguire made switch to Man Utd, is on the verge to make his 200 appearances for Brighton in all competitions and has turned out for the Seagulls in League One, the Championship and now in the English top-tier.
Frank Lampard’s side have also been rumoured with a move for West Ham United’s centre-back Issa Diop who has been valued at £40m by the Hammers.