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.