Chelsea to launch shock £20m move for Premier League defender

Chelsea are seemingly set to turn their attention to Crystal Palace centre-half Scott Dann, according to The Daily Mail.

The Blues are in the market for a new central defender with John Terry set to leave the club this summer after a career at Stamford Bridge.

The outgoing Premier League champions had identified Everton’s John Stones as his potential long-term successor but the Toffees held firm last summer and rebuffed Chelsea’s advances.

With the England international set to be in demand again this summer, the report suggests that Manchester City is a likely destination for the former Barnsley man.

As such Chelsea have identified Dann as an alternative after the homegrown star has had an impressive season in 2015-16 for the Eagles.

Kurt Zouma is currently nursing a serious injury which has left Chelsea short at the back, with a new option in the heart of their rearguard likely before the start of next season.