Chelsea take the lead in the race to sign Virgil Van Dijk

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: An injured Virgil van Dijk of Southampton leaves the ptich during the Premier League match between Southampton and Leicester City at St Mary's Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Southampton, England.
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According to TalkSPORT, Chelsea are the favourites to sign Southampton centre-half Virgil Van Dijk this summer for £50 million plus Andreas Christensen as part of a cash-plus-player deal.

It seems as though it’s going to be a summer saga for Liverpool concerning Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutch defender will be on the move at the end of the season and all the big clubs in England have their ears pricked in the hopes of signing him.

Manchester City were reported favourites to sign the former Celtic powerhouse by Manchester Evening News. They claimed that Pep Guardiola’s interest in Van Dijk placed City at the front of the queue.

In contrast to this, TalkSPORT report that Chelsea are willing to pay £50 million as well as including young defender Andreas Christensen in the deal to coax Southampton into letting go of their prized asset.

If reports are to be believed, and Van Dijk is more inclined to join Chelsea, it will come as a real blow to Jürgen Klopp’s transfer plans for the summer.

Van Dijk moving to Chelsea either means César Azpilicueta will move from a wide centre-back role to a wing-back role next season or Gary Cahill will get the hook in Antonio Conte’s (almost) title-winning back three.

Liverpool desperately needs a centre-back of Van Dijk’s talents so Klopp will be hoping that the Dutchman is still looking around and then German can work his charm and convince him to join the Reds for the 2017/18 season.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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