Chelsea were linked with the signature of Lewis Dunk during the summer transfer window, according to a report published by The Sun. Due to their transfer ban last summer, the Blues were never expected to challenge for major trophies this season. Instead, this campaign was all about rebuilding the club and allowing the younger players from the squad to gain more experience.

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The Blues need to reinforce their defence

One of Chelsea’s weak points this season has been their defence. They have been leaking in careless goals at the back, which could ultimately end up costing them a place in next season’s Champions League. Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori and Andreas Christensen have all struggled for consistency this season. The Blues will need to reinforce their back line next summer if they want to improve as a club as well as challenge for major trophies.

Prior to the postponement of this weekend’s crucial matchup with Manchester City, Chelsea’s frailties at the back left them as huge underdogs going in, although the Premier League outright odds do find them 8/11 to secure a top-four finish regardless. However, the Blues must undoubtedly look to strengthen if they are to challenge the likes of City and runaway leaders Liverpool next term.

Dunk has the experience and knowledge to succeed at Stamford Bridge

The 28-year-old Dunk has spent his entire career with Brighton, though he did have a loan spell with Bristol City during the 2013/14 season. He has been ever-present for the Seagulls since they won promotion to the Premier League ahead of the 2017/18 season. It will not be easy for Dunk to leave his boyhood club but he is now at the peak of his powers and a move at this stage to the Bridge will allow him to experience European football.

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Dunk would be a good acquisition to increase competition for places in Chelsea’s back line. He has a good ability to read attackers and is a consistent performer. Chelsea should go all out to sign him next summer. It will be money that will be well spent and which will add value to the club as a whole. Dunk will not take a long time to adapt to Lampard’s style of play.