The west London club are hoping to sign the defender in January.
Chelsea will step up their bid to sign Sheffield United Harry Maguire – dubbed the ‘new John Terry’ – by opening talks with the League One club.
The Blues are planning ahead for the future retirement of their 32-year-old captain and a view Maguire as Terry’s natural long-term successor, with Manchester United and Arsenal also keeping tabs on the 6’4 centre back.
Stamford Bridge scouts are urging boss Jose Mourinho to make an early £5 million bid for Maguire to avoid a potential bidding war and ensure a deal is set up to guarantee he ends up in west London once the transfer window reopens in January.
The 20-year-old is considered one of the best defensive prospects in the country and Blades boss David Weir admitted this week that he isn’t surprised Maguire is being targeted by the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
“I don’t know anything about the interest in Harry, but it is great news for our players to be linked with such big clubs,” Weir admitted to Metro
“Harry has a lot of attributes, for a young lad he has played a lot of games, and I would not be surprised if clubs were looking at him. But we don’t want to lose him.”