Forget Nathan Ake, transfer expert tells Lampard to pay £50m for this defender

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Chelsea are nowhere close to having a top centre-back in the mould of former skipper John Terry.

With Chelsea’s defence far from settled as the Blues have been shaky at the back, the club has been linked with a number of defensive targets this January transfer window.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for former defender Nathan Ake as well as West Ham ’s Issa Diop and Brighton skipper Lewis Dunk.

However, football transfer expert Ian McGarry believes Dunk is a better defender than Ake, and that the Brighton skipper will be the perfect replacement for John Terry.

“In Lewis Dunk I think you have someone who actually sees Terry as a mentor, or as an idol,” McGarry said on The Transfer Window podcast.

“In his formative playing days in the academy at Brighton & Hove Albion he looked up to Terry as his ideal centre-back.

“I think you can see in the way he plays he leads by example, he puts his body on the line constantly and he’s even had the mick taken out of him for the fact that he’ll belly flop into a block, the way that John Terry often did as well.

“But also he’s a natural leader of men on the field. He’s someone who’s no-nonsense, he will happily instruct his team-mates where they should be, what they should be doing at any given time, how to be set up etc.

“I think that’s something Chelsea lack right now.

“I think Antonio Rudiger and Kurt Zouma are good centre-backs and they have some of those attributes but not all and they’re not quite as accomplished, all-rounded, as John Terry was, even at their age.

“John, if you remember, made his Chelsea debut very young, in fact was made captain at the age of 22. So Dunk would be very much in the image of Terry, Ake is not.

“So if indeed Lampard was looking for a dominant, aggressive centre-half to lead his defence, which currently looks a little bereft of leadership especially when they set up for set-plays, they always look fragile and they’ve lost goals at set-plays this season very softly, then Dunk would certainly fit that particular type.

“So it wouldn’t surprise me if it were the case that Chelsea had an interest.”

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