Chelsea have stepped up their interests in Manchester United and Arsenal target Harry Maguire according to the Metro.

Maguire who has been dubbed 'the new John Terry' by Sheffield United fans is touted as a very promising prospect for the future and has been eyed by the Premier League's biggest clubs for sometime.

The 20-year-old Blades defender is said to be viewed by Chelsea as the ideal replacement for their ageing captain Terry and rumours are circulating that negotiations are set to begin in the coming weeks over a potential £5million deal.

Manchester United and Arsenal are also interested in the Bramall Lane starlet and the Blues will be hoping they can avoid a bidding war by stealing a march on their rivals.