Chelsea are preparing to make bid for Newcastle key man

Chelsea are set to make a move for Newcastle United’s skipper Jamaal Lascelles this summer, as the reports from the British media claim.

The Daily Mirror is suggesting that the west Londoners perceive the 24-year-old central defender as the “next John Terry” and are keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The same report adds that the Blues’ representatives have been fascinated by the defender’s leadership and defending skills as they plot a summer move for Lascelles. The captain is rated in the region of £30m and Newcastle United are desperate to secure his signature.

The article also reports that Englishman would seriously consider a switch to Stamford Bridge this summer should the opportunity arise. The defender has been in solid form for the Magpies this term, scoring three goals in 26 Premier League games as Rafael Benitez is trying to avoid relegation and stay in the top flight.

Chelsea are likely to be on the lookout for significant reinforcements this summer after a season which looks set to fall short of expectations following their title triumph last term.