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Chelsea want elite defender & Manchester United transfer target as key cornerstone of new-look side

Chelsea are understood to be considering Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels as a key addition as they look to move on from a miserable campaign, according to the Mirror.

The centre-back has only one more season to run on his contract at BVB and, yet to sign a new deal, looks to be available at a cut price. Indeed, should Dortmund want to receive any kind of financial compensation for one of their prized assets, they will likely need to sell him this summer or risk losing him for free in 2017.

At 27, Hummels still has his best years ahead of him, and could feasibly give the Blues half a decade of world-class service.

Beyond that, he could be an ideal replacement for John Terry, the club captain whose contract ends this summer and will surely leave a chasm in the heart of the Londoners’ defender.

The reigning Premier League champions are in the midst of a miserable campaign, and Roman Abramovich is set to hand a major transfer war chest to whoever is appointed as the new coach—looking most likely to be Antonio Conte—to redevelop the squad this summer.

Manchester United are also understood to be considering a move for the Germany international.

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