Chelsea have reportedly identified former England Under-21 international Ben Gibson as John Terry’s long-term successor, according to the Mirror.
The Premier League side, who currently sit top of the English top-flight standings and are five points clear of second placed Liverpool after 20 games, have been linked with the Middlesbrough centre-half this summer.
The 23-year-old, who featured 10 times for England’s Under-21 side, but has not yet received a call-up to the senior Three Lions side, has scored one goal in 21 appearances in all competitions for the newly promoted outfit so far this season.
Gibson, who has been loaned out to the likes of Plymouth Argyle, York City and Tranmere Rovers during his Boro career, is wanted by Blues boss Antonio Conte as Terry’s replacement ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, with his captain set for a big money move to China.
Having already had an approach for the defender rebuffed, the report adds that Gibson may cost Chelsea around £30m.