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Chelsea reported to have commenced talks for the acquisition of John Terry replacement

Chelsea have reportedly commenced talks for the acquisition of Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire, according to reports in The Metro and might table a formal bid for him when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Blues are bracing for the imminent retirement of John Terry in the coming years and have shortlisted the 20 year old as a perfect replacement for the veteran. Dubbed as the ‘new John Terry’ by his fans, Maguire may command a transfer fee in the region of £5m, should Chelsea decide to make a move for him.

Meanwhile, the Blades’ manager David Weir has welcomed reports linking the prodigal defender to Premier League clubs but admitted that he wouldn’t wish to part ways with the young star. He said: “I don’t know anything about the interest in Harry, but it is great news for our players to be linked with such big clubs. Harry has a lot of attributes, for a young lad he has played a lot of games, and I would not be surprised if clubs were looking at him. But we don’t want to lose him.”

Coming up through the youth ranks at Sheffield United, Maguire has already notched up 119 appearances for the club since making his senior team debut in 2011. He is also reported to have Manchester United and Arsenal hot on his trail.