Conte in pole position to secure vital defender deal, Chelsea are optimistic that move will happen

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperate to see a big player join the club this summer…

Whilst the Blues have done well this year, a few major names could depart this summer – with John Terry’s contract set to expire and Diego Costa often still touted with a move away – and our landlord thinks that Conte simply must replace them.

Indeed, it seems as though a John Terry-shaped void may well be filled this summer – with the Mirror reporting that Chelsea are confident that a deal to take Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to St Mary’s this summer will go through.

Indeed, according to the Mirror, Chelsea believe that they will beat Man City to the signing of van Dijk, as Antonio Conte looks to rebuild his defence in his own image.

Van Dijk would bring a lot to a Chelsea defence that has done well this year, but is undeniably ageing. David Luiz and Gary Cahill are no longer youngsters, and whilst Cesar Azpilicueta is in the prime of his career – he is certainly far better suited to a position on the flanks.

As a player, van Dijk offers towering defensive stability alongside comfortability on the ball Рtwo vital assets for defenders to have under Antonio Conte.

Chelsea fans – thoughts?

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