With Chelsea reportedly set to rival Arsenal for the signing of Ipswich youngster Tyrone Mings in the coming months, we take a look at five facts regarding the 21-year-old defender.
1) He was signed from Chippenham Town in 2012 for just £10,000. Mings only spent a few months at the Wiltshire club, which is close to his hometown of Bath, but was clearly deemed too good for the Southern League Premier Division. He made his Ipswich debut against Burnley on the last day of the 2012-13 season, having played in the seventh tier of English football just a few months earlier.
2) Mings is a versatile defender, making his debut for Ipswich at right back but playing most of his football at left back after Aaron Cresswell was sold this summer. Given his size (6'3") and stature, many, including Chelsea scouts, are said to see his future as a central defender.
3) The 21-year-old was released by Southampton as a teenager, surprising given how astute the Saints academy is at spotting and nurturing talented youngsters. Mings subsequently worked his way back up the footballing ladder via the Bristol Rovers youth sides, non-league clubs Yate Town and Chippenham Town, before his move to the Tractor Boys in 2013.
4) Mings was the subject of a £3 million bid from another London club before the recent summer transfer window shut, as Crystal Palace and their manager Neil Warnock sought to bring the him into the Premier League before other clubs woke up to his talent. Figures of £10 million are now being quoted for the player.
5) The Chelsea and Arsenal target, who is also on the radar of Manchester United, Everton and Newcastle, has displayed a tendency for generosity not usually associated with young footballers. Mings spent Christmas Day 2013 feeding homeless people, and after he was named Ipswich's number 3 following the sale of Cresswell, the defender replaced the shirts of fans that had bought his old number 15 kit.