Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has exclusively revealed to Talk Chelsea the player that he desperately wants the Blues to sign before the end of summer – as well as telling a story that’s likely to leave Manchester United fans fuming.
It is no secret that Chelsea are in dire need of reinforcements before the transfer window slams shut on August 31st, and Nevin has picked out a man that he feels will take us to the next level.
We asked the former Scotland international if he could sign any player for Chelsea right now, who it would be. He stopped us before we could even finish the question – “Van Dijk.”
Nevin went on to explain how the Southampton centre-back would help Antonio Conte form an impenetrable back three:
“I think a central-defence that’s got Luiz, that’s got Van Dijk, that’s got Cahill – that’s unstoppable, that’s as good as anything you’ll find around the world.”
He may well get his wish, with the London Evening Standard reporting that Chelsea are set to lock horns with Liverpool in the race to sign the Dutchman.
Van Dijk could infiltrate the defence of virtually any side in the country. At the time of writing, he is widely considered one of the best defenders in the Premier League. It’s for that reason that if you’re a Manchester United fan, you may want to click away now.
Nevin revealed to TalkChelsea that he advised ‘close friend’ David Moyes to sign Van Dijk soon after he took the reins at Old Trafford – but he ignored him.
“I’ll tell you a story. Van Dijk was playing for Celtic, quite a few years ago, and a good friend of mine is David Moyes. He had just taken over at Man United, and I said to him – go up, and buy Van Dijk – now. He would be an amazing Manchester United player, get him. He is quality, and he will get better and better and better. He didn’t do it, and I think that really cost Manchester United badly, as they never got that situation sorted.”
Phil Jones and Chris Smalling made a combined 77 appearances for United that season as they finished 7th in the Premier League. It goes without saying, Van Dijk could certainly have been of use – if only Moyes had listened.