Tyrone Mings denies Chelsea have an advantage in signing him from Ipswich

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The Ipswich Town full-back has been linked with moves to Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal this season.

Mings has been one of the standout performers in the Championship this year, filling the void left by Aaron Cresswell in the Ipswich side who are doing so well.

After 21 games played, Mick McCarthy’s men sit in fourth place, just one point off top spot in the incredibly tight race for promotion to the Premier League. 21-year-old Mings has turned out in 20 of those games, starting 19, and his performances have seen interest from the Premier League mount as the season wears on.

The Tractor Boys rejected a deadline day bid from Crystal Palace for the youngster, and since then he has been scouted by both Arsenal and Chelsea, with the latter club said to be viewing him as a future centre-back to replace John Terry.

Although Palace submitted an official offer for him, the two other clubs have yet to turn their interest into a concrete bid, although reports have suggested values of roughly £8 million will be needed for the high-flying Championship side to accept any offer. Both Arsenal and Chelsea have deep enough pockets to sanction such a deal, and before long it appears as if Mings will have to choose between North or West London, and it has been suggested that family ties could see him select Stamford Bridge - with his dad being a scout for the Blues.

The former director of football at Chippenham Town, the club from whom Ipswich signed the full-back, Adie Mings moved to the Premier League leaders in 2012 to take up a scouting role, and he could potentially convince his son to choose Chelsea over the Gunners when the inevitable transfer occurs.

However, the youngster has refuted such claims, suggesting that his dad is just doing his job, and would remain impartial on the dealings concerning his career.

Talking to the Guardian, Mings said: “In terms of Chelsea having an advantage, I don’t know about that. Dad’s just doing his job, just like every other scout up and down the country.”

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