It’s pretty obvious that the club need to bring in a centre-half this summer, regardless of who leaves. With Taylor gone, Colo almost certain to finally follow, and Mbemba likely to disappear to the African Nations in January, that leaves Lascelles and possibly Dummett as our only options. At 24 Grant Hanley is still fairly young, but has made 200 appearances for Blackburn across the Premier League and Championship. An experienced international, and the club’s captain, one of the only stumbling blocks could be his wages: Hanley is reported to earn £28k per week, and Rafa’s men would have to be confident in his ability to shore up the backline and also be able to make the step up once promotion is secured.
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