Chelsea prepare to sign 24-year-old defender

Jamaal Lascelles is a huge target for the Blues as they look to rebuild their back-line after a terrible season 2017-18. The Newcastle captain meanwhile had an excellent season as a crucial part of the Magpies team that finished 10th place, made 33 appearances of their 38 league matches and scoring 3 goals.

After the gorgeous season 24-year-old become demanded by Premier League giants like Spurs and Chelsea are keen on to improve their back-lines.

Gary Cahill and David Luiz both have uncertain futures at Chelsea, meanwhile, with Lascelles eyed as a long-term option to join the likes of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to make up a reliable back-line at Stamford Bridge.

Reportedly Rafael Benitez and Newcastle could demand as much as £45m before selling Lascelles, who is said to be happy at St James’ Park, to leave having become such an important part of the side.

Lascelles joined Newcastle from Nottingham Forest in £7m deal. The centre-back also hopes to join into the England senior squad in the coming years. Since his debut in Newcastle, he made 103 appearances for the club and scored 8 goals.