According to reports in the Evening Standard, Chelsea have been joined by Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign £45m-rated Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles, and Southampton should be watching developments closely.
Well, the Evening Standard that the west London outfit want the 24-year-old to strengthen their backline this summer following a hugely impressive 2017/18 campaign for the centre-back, who led the Magpies to a 10th-place finish in their first season back in the Premier League.
The Evening Standard says that the former Nottingham Forest man, who has five years remaining on his contract at St James’ Park, won’t come on the cheap however, with the Blues likely to have to pay £45m for his services unless the Tyneside outfit soften their stance.
Should he arrive at Stamford Bridge, Lascelles would be competing alongside the likes of Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and skipper Gary Cahill for a spot in the backline, with at least one of those surely leaving the club if a deal was finalised.
Well, new Saints boss Mark Hughes will surely make bringing a new centre-back to St Mary’s a priority this summer, after their poor defensive record last term almost saw them lose their Premier League status after four successive top-eight finishes.
It is clear to see that the Welshman, who can ensure Southampton get back to their best by completing a deal for a £10.8m-rated attacker, needs to add some more experience at the heart of the defence given Jack Stephens and Wesley Hoedt struggled at times, with the club yet to really replace two big characters in Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk after they left the south coast outfit.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill may be 32 years of age, but he has the know-how at this level and his brilliant leadership skills have been proven by the fact that Gareth Southgate has named in his final 23-man squad for the World Cup that starts later this month.