Chelsea

Chelsea keen to win Van Dijk race, willing to offer tempting star in exchange

Even though Virgil van Dijk is injured and likely to miss the rest of the season, Southampton fans still sing his name aloud here in the Transfer Tavern when they’ve had a few rounds of drinks.

The Dutchman was simply sublime before an ankle problem sidelined him, with a host of the Premier League’s elite clubs believed to have been tracking his progress.

And it seems that Chelsea have not been deterred by his fitness set-back, with The Sun claiming a summer move being lined up.

The 25-year-old is believed to be seen as a player who could slot into Antonio Conte’s defence and it’s even claimed that Nathan Ake could be used as a makeweight.

The Blues star started the season on loan at Bournemouth and impressed to such a level that he was recalled over the winter period to bolster the league-leaders’ squad, albeit he has featured infrequently.

Virgil van Dijk needs to leave Southampton this summer – agree?

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