Chelsea have reportedly moved into the pole position to sign one of the most sought out defenders in the Premier league Virgil Van Dijk.
Van Dijk has also been previously linked with a move to Liverpool and Manchester City however if recent reports are to be believed the London club have now emerged as the potential destination for the 25-year-old.
Antonio Conte wants to strengthen his defense in the Summer as Chelsea’s long-term servant John Terry will be departing the club. The club has been linked with various defenders with Middleborough defender Gibson and Burnley youngster Michael Keane both on the short-list, however, Van Dijk is now appeared to be top on his wanted list.
The Dutch international moved from Celtic in the Summer of 2015 for a £13 million move and since then has performed superbly for the Saints.
Antonio Conte’s back three system requires defenders who can play out of defence and with a superb ability on the ball and excellent defensive skills on his control Van Dijk can fit into the system with ease.
Van Dijk has been rated at around £50 million by Southampton and they could sign Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho currently on loan at Crystal palace as his replacement.
Manchester City paid £47.5 million for John Stones last summer and if Chelsea wants to sign the sign the player they have to pay the highest ever defender fee.
Southampton also have reportedly enquired about the availability on Chelsea defender Nathan Ake who was recalled from Bournemouth in January after an excellent first half of the season. But since his coming back he hardly got any game-time and as per reports, Conte has offered the youngster to Southampton who is valued at around £15 million with Chelsea.
With Jose Fonte’s departure and probable exit of Van Dijk, the Saints would need to fill the vacant positions and the idea of targeting Ake and Mamadou Sakho could become fruitful for them.