Chelsea have made checks on highly rated Brighton centre back Lewis Dunk, after the 19-year-old established himself as first choice for ex-Blue GusPoyet's Seagulls. Dunk is a product of the Brighton Academy system and rose through the ranks quickly and earning a reputation as a bullish, no nonsense defender. Poyetturned to the youngster eight times last season, as Brighton claimed the League One title, and a place in the Championship.
However, following injuries to key personal, Dunk has established himself as first choice alongside captain Gordon Greer, in a Brighton back line that has helped sustain the club's push up the table. Chelsea, who have followed the prospect through the ranks, had scouts watching Dunk in Friday's thrilling 3-3 draw with Leeds United.Brighton bossPoyetis trying to build a squad capable of a promotion push, but its thought an offer of around £5m would be enough to tempt him into selling, while the offer of reserve team players on loan could help sweeten the deal.