Chelsea way behind Liverpool in race to sign top 26-year-old – insider

Chelsea are behind Liverpool in the race to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, according to reports

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Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil Van Dijk / Twitter

Chelsea are a long way behind Liverpool in the race for Virgil van Dijk’s signature this summer, according to former journalist Ian McGarry.

The Reds have been heavily linked with a bid to sign Van Dijk this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his defensive options at Anfield.

Liverpool were thought to be poised to complete a deal to sign Van Dijk back in June but the proposed move fell through when Southampton accused the Reds of an alleged illegal approach.

Liverpool chose to drop their interest and issue a statement apologising to Southampton, but the Reds continue to be linked with a bid to sign Van Dijk.

Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in signing Van Dijk this summer as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his defence before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Now, former journalist McGarry is claiming that Liverpool are still some way ahead of Chelsea in the race for Van Dijk, despite Southampton’s insistence that he is not for sale.

Speaking on The Transfer Window podcast, McGarry said: “I still think there is a willingness within the Chelsea hierarchy to satisfy Conte’s demands for new players before the window closes.

“But it will not be done at any cost.

“I think this is where Virgil van Dijk and Danny Rose come into the equation, although I suspect Daniel Levy won’t let Rose move to a direct title and London rival in Chelsea, and also with Van Dijk, Chelsea have a lot of catching up to do with Liverpool.

“Van Dijk has seen himself in the red jersey of Liverpool, in my experience if they’ve already in their minds moved club, then they would rather go to that club than another.

“It would take an awful lot of money in terms of a contractual offer to assuage Van Dijk away from Liverpool and instead to Chelsea.”

Chelsea are preparing to take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday as they look to win their first Premier League game of the season.

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