Middlesbrough Ben Gibson has been earmarked as John Terry’s successor at Chelsea, and with Terry set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, Chelsea might make a move for the young England defender.
According to reports, Gibson, 23, is reportedly the club’s highest priority to replace Terry, whose contract runs out during the summer.
Gibson has been linked with Chelsea for a long time now, and the Mirror suggests that Chelsea will have to cough out at least £30 million for his signature.
Gibson has been one of the best defenders in the league this season, and is one of only seven outfield players to have featured in every minute of the Premier League season so far, playing 1800 minutes of action according to WhoScored.com.
His permanence in the back line for Middlesbrough has helped Aitor Karanka’s team record the joint fourth-best defensive record in the division. Of which, only Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United have conceded fewer than Boro’s 22 league goals in 2016-17.