Transfer News: Chelsea seek John Terry successor in Crystal Palace defender

Transfer News: Chelsea seek John Terry successor in Crystal Palace defender

English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea is looking for a long-term successor of their captain John Terry. They have recognized Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann as the one to take over from the Stamford Bridge legend.

The west London club have scouted Dann for the entire duration of the current season and wants to add the Palace defender into their ranks as soon as possible.

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Crystal Palace signed a five-year deal with Dann last year. If the Englishman decides to switch his loyalty to The Blues, he could expect his salary to double under the reigns of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, according to Mirror.

Dann is able to play on either side of the central defending position but was successful as a left center back during his time in Birmingham City six years ago in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old has been circling in the Premier League transfer market for some time now. Last season, it was Everton who were looking to add the Palace defender to their ranks. However, The Toffees later decided to increase their current center back John Stones’ contract to £60,000 (US $85,808)-a-week rather than moving in for Dann.

Dann could expect to double that amount at Stamford Bridge. However, the Palace center back is reluctant to leave Selhurst Park because of his wonderful relationship with the Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.

Meanwhile, Leicester City superstar Riyad Mahrez is also being targeted by Chelsea, according to The Telegraph.

The man from Algeria has formed a lethal partnership with Jamie Vardy upfront and has guided the Foxes to the summit of the Premier League. Despite his success with Leicester, Mahrez could be lured into joining Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

Chelsea are willing to offer a bid of £20 million (US $28.6 million) to capture Mahrez from Leicester. Abramovich has stated of his admiration for the player and wants to strike a deal for the Algerian international.