Chelsea have identified the man to replace long-term captain John Terry - Ipswich youngster Tyrone Mings according to the Mirror.
The youngster has attracted plenty of interest form the Premier League in recent weeks, and a host of clubs are believed to be watching him.
However it is Chelsea who appear most keen to make a move, and boss Jose Mourinho has ordered his scouts to go keep an eye on the strapping 21-year-old ahead of a potential bid.
Terry has been a reliable servant at Stamford Bridge throughout his career but at 34-years-old his time could well be up soon. His contact is up at the end of the season, and Chelsea have been ruthless when it comes to cutting players who are favourites amongst that fans.
Both Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were shown the door after years of service, while Didier Drogba also left after winning the Champions League - although has since returned under Mourinho.
Mings is having a superb season for Ipswich, and that is said to have caught the eye of Chelsea. However they could face plenty of competition from Manchester United who have also been looking at him.
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Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is desperately short of options at the back after failing to add a top-class centre half over the summer - and his problems have been further exacerbated by a host of injuries.
Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have all ben absent at some stage this season, forcing the Dutch coach to field a makeshift back line at times. He is likely to do the same against Arsenal this weekend against Arsenal, with youngster Paddy McNair expected to step into the line up.
Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle have also been keeping a close eye on Mings in recent weeks, but if push comes to shove it is likely to be a two-way tussle between Manchester United and Chelsea.
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