The Daily Mirror reports Chelsea have joined Arsenal in keeping tabs on Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings with the 21-year-old viewed as long term heir to John Terry.
Previously subject of a summer offer from Crystal Palace, from whom a £3m bid was rejected, the Championship defender already looks destined for bigger things.
However, for those who spend their lives in a Premier League/Champions League bubble little will be known of the a man now rated in the £10m bracket.
Luckily we’re putting him under the trusty news.bwin.com/en/ microscope…
Released from Southampton’s academy in 2009, for reasons variously reported as the club’s financial strictures and his perceived physical shortcomings, Mings has already shown some resilience.
Joining Yate Town while working as trainee stockbroker he moved on to Chippenham Town where he was spotted by Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy.
All 15 of his Championship starts for the Tractor Boys have come at left full-back, although can also play on the right.
Despite the Mirror’s insinuations he is yet to be anymore than a makeshift centre-half, for all his 6ft 3in stature.
Mings is very much the model of a modern attacking full-back, with stamina to rival Forrest Gump and enough quality to have assisted two goals already this season.
Yet that’s not to suggest he’s an all fur coat and no knickers Andre Santos-a-like.
The Englishman leads Ipswich for both average tackles and interceptions per game this season.
In an era when it’s easy for young footballers to lose touch with reality, Mings has remained humble, earning a reputation for acts of kindness.
He spent last Christmas feeding the homeless, while other acts of humanity include giving Portman Road tickets to a fan who had complained they were too “skint” to attend and buying new shirts for supporters after his squad number changed.