The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperate for their side to replace John Terry this summer, though their side is yet to secure a deal to that end…
However, a recent major development has made the path much clearer for the Blues, though it has come at a cost to Antonio Conte. According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have now placed their focus on a move for Virgil van Dijk, with recent comments from Max Allegri ruling out a departure for once-priority target Leonardo Bonucci this summer.
Bonucci, of course, is a Conte favourite – having played under the Italian before – and with John Terry set to leave this summer, his experience would have been very important for the Blues. He is also one of Europe’s best defenders, leaving him an obvious choice for the club.
However, with his departure looking increasingly unlikely, a move for alternate target Virgil van Dijk also makes a ton of sense. He is undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s best defenders, and would likely seamlessly transition into the Blues’ backline.
Indeed, whatever happens, it is going to be expensive for Chelsea to upgrade their backline this summer, but circumstance could well lead them towards van Dijk. In response, the Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are delighted.
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