Chelsea aim to beat Arsenal to signature of Ipswich star Tyrone Mings

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Chelsea have joined the race to sign Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings.

Chelsea's blistering start to the season has seen them drop just four points so far, and many believe that the Blues already have the title sewn up.

Manager Jose Mourinho has moulded a great squad at Stamford Bridge, and the summer additions of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa have proven to be crucial in their nine wins to date.

There is always money to spend under Blues owner Roman Abramovich, and January additions may be on the cards if Mourinho finds players who can help his team either now or in the future.

We've seen Chelsea make a strong commitment towards signing young players and loaning them out to gain experience, and Kurt Zouma was a perfect example of that almost a year ago.

Now, they may have the same idea in mind after the Daily Mirror suggested that Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings is on their radar.

Mings, 21, was in the Southampton academy, but left in 2009 after their youth budget was slashed. After spells in non-league with Yate Town and Chippenham Town, Mings was snapped up for just £10,000 by Ipswich in 2013.

Having played at centre back, right back and left back, Mings has proven his versatility during his time with Ipswich, and his manager Mick McCarthy has backed the 6ft 3in defender to play for England.

Those lofty claims have unsurprisingly attracted interested from Arsenal and Crystal Palace, but Chelsea are reportedly hoping to land him with the intention of making him John Terry's heir in defence.

It's quite the transformation from £10,000 non-league signing to replacing John Terry, but that's the kind of progress that Mings has made in the last 12 months - and Mourinho will be desperate to beat Arsene Wenger to his signature, whether that's in January or next summer.

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