Chelsea have stepped up their interests in Manchester United and Arsenal target Harry Maguire, according to the Metro.

Maguire, who has been dubbed 'the new John Terry' by Sheffield United fans, is touted as a very promising prospect for the future, and has been eyed by the Premier League's biggest clubs for sometime.

The 20-year-old Blades defender is said to be viewed by Chelsea as the ideal replacement for their ageing captain, Terry, and rumours are circulating that negotiations are set to begin in the coming weeks over a potential £5million deal.

Manchester United and Arsenal are also interested in the Bramall Lane starlet, and the Blues will be hoping they can avoid a bidding war by stealing a march on their rivals.

It is thought that Chelsea scouts are urging Jose Mourinho to strike a deal early on to sign Maguire in the new year, but current Sheffield United boss David Weir has admitted he knows nothing concerning a transfer.

"I don’t know anything about the interest in Harry, but it is great news for our players to be linked with such big clubs," said Weir.

"Harry has a lot of attributes, for a young lad he has played a lot of games, and I would not be surprised if clubs were looking at him. But we don’t want to lose him."

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