Premier League champions Chelsea might be on an undefeated run under interim manager Guus Hiddink, but defensive problems remain for a side currently 14th in England's top flight.
The Blues staged a dramatic comeback in the dying embers of the game against Everton on Saturday, eventually earning a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge with John Terry scoring in the 98th minute.
And whilst the 35-year-old's last-minute heroics rescued a point for the west Londoners, it cannot be denied Terry is past his prime and nearing the end of his professional career.
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As a result, according to the Mirror, Chelsea have earmarked Crystal Palace's Scott Dann as a potential replacement and successor to their veteran captain.
Dann has been a revelation since the appointment of Alan Pardew as manager at Selhurst Park, which has attracted considerable interest from a host of Premier League sides.
The Eagles centre-back currently earns £60,000-per-week and could double that amount if he decides to join Chelsea, though the relationship he shares with Pardew and the fact he signed a new five-year deal in 2015 could prove a stumbling block.
It would seem, therefore, that the Blues' pursuit of Everton starlet John Stones has been put on hold, following a summer of failed attempts to sign the England international.
This isn't the first time Chelsea have been linked with Dann. While at Birmingham City in 2011, he was earmarked as the perfect partner to Terry at the heart of defence.
A move failed to materialise, though, as Dann joined Blackburn Rovers and Bolton's Gary Cahill arrived at Stamford Bridge.
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