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Southampton have upped their asking price for Chelsea target Virgil Van Dijk, according to the Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail report that Liverpool have been forced to end their pursuit of the Dutchman, but Premier League champions Chelsea remain interested in signing him this summer, despite no formal contact being made with the Saints.

There are two potential stumbling blocks for Antonio Conte in the race to sign Van Dijk, however.

The Daily Mail believe that Southampton have increased their asking price to £70millon, and are confident that Van Dijk will stay put at St. Mary’s. The tabloid note that he has five-years remaining on his contract, and Southampton subsequently feel under no pressure to part with him.

The Daily Mail go on to report that Manchester City are also keen to sign Van Dijk this summer, and they will undoubtedly provide Chelsea with stern competition.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea’s interest in Van Dijk is strong enough to scale these hurdles.


  1. Virgil Van Dijk is a very good well rounded defender, but he is not worth paying what is a world record fee for a defender for. He is a tall, strong, and imposing centre back but compared to players like Kalidou Koulibaly, Giorgio Chiellini, or even Leonardo Bonnuci, he is not worth that much. You would be able to get the previously mentioned trio of world class calibre players for less that the 70 million you would have to fork out in order to pick up the Dutch centre back. Another issue with this signing is that he was injured for over half of the 2016-2017 season and so it is a very big risk to sign him and it becomes exponentially bigger when you start considering the price tag that he holds. Chelsea are going for a Champions league title next year and so should be signing proven players that still have an upside and not to take risks with all these injury prone players.


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