Chelsea plotting late move for in-demand Brighton ace

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The Premier League season is moving closer by the day.

That means that the pressure is building on clubs to get their transfer activity done and dusted before the big kick-off.

While most teams have struggled to do much in the way of transfer business, Chelsea have certainly pressed on.

After completing a deal for Hakim Ziyech from Ajax in February, the Blues then moved quickly to snap up a deal for Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

But it seems that they're far from done.

Plenty have reports have linked the London side with a big-money move for Kai Havertz, but the German starlet isn't the only player on the club's wish list.

Reports from The Guardian have claimed that the Blues are ready to step up their interest in Ben White.

The Brighton man is attracting plenty of attention this summer, most notably from Leeds United.

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White enjoyed a successful campaign on loan at Elland Road last term, leading the Whites to pursue him on a permanent deal.

However it seems that Chelsea are now ready to step up their efforts.

While the report claims that Declan Rice was the club's primary target, it says that Frank Lampard has given his approval to the club's efforts to sign the Seagull's starlet.

But the Blues will need to stump up the cash if they're to strike a deal.

The Athletic have claimed that Leeds had a third offer rejected for White - thought to be worth £25million plus add-ons.

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Funding such a deal could be tricky for Chelsea given their significant transfer dealings already this summer, meaning that they may have to sell before they can buy.

However that report from the Guardian has claimed that this could mean offloading one of the club's four current centre-backs to fund a deal.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Sorry Leeds fans, but I could definitely see Ben White fitting in at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard has already built a reputation as someone who is keen to develop young talent with Chelsea already handing plenty of opportunities to their young starlets.

White would certainly get that chance with the Blues.

While he would be a guaranteed starter at Elland Road, the chance to feature in the Champions League under Lampard would certainly be appealing.

Brighton are keen to keep hold of the defender, but as the days go on it seems less and less likely that they'll be able to keep him.

At the end of the day, Lampard doesn't have the best relationship with Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa following the 'Spygate' drama and so I'm sure he'd love nothing more than getting one over on the Whites.

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