Antonio Conte has been disappointed with his team’s defensive frailties early in the new season and is already believed to be looking for solutions at the back.
Club’s vice-captain Branislav Ivanovic and England international Garry Cahill have been identified as weak spots in Chelsea’s backline so far this term and Blues have already turned their attention to Burnley’s Michael Keane as a possible solution and a long-term replacement for captain John Terry.
According to reports from the Mirror, Chelsea are prepared to fork out up to £25 million for the talented 23-year-old, who began his career with Manchester United.
Keane was a subject of intense interest from Premier League champions this summer, with Burnley rejecting several bids from Leicester.
Chelsea are confident they will be able to pick up where Leicester City have failed as they prepare to launch a January bid for the Burnley defender.
The Turf Moor side however are preparing an improved contract for Michael Keane in a bid to keep him in and guard off the suitors.
Michael Keane has made 44 appearances for Burnley in the Championship last season, while he has already amassed six games in the Premier League this term.
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