Breaking report: Chelsea have already found John Terry’s replacement, ready to swoop for him in January

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Chelsea may have chalked up four clean sheets in their last five games, but boss Antonio Conte feels there’s room for improvement in the Blues’ defence, and he’s targeting Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles as the man to spearhead their backline.

The 22-year-old centre-back has been the Magpies’ talisman in the Championship this season, with the young captain helping Rafa Benitez’s men record seven clean sheets in their opening 15 games, en route to top spot.

A fierce and committed competitor, the imposing youngster also has an outstanding range of distribution among his many attributes, with a superb 83 per cent passing accuracy for the Tyneside outfit this season.

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