Chelsea more likely than Liverpool to sign proven 26-year-old – report

Chelsea or Man City are more likely than Liverpool to complete a deal to sign Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, according to reports in England

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Chelsea are more likely than Liverpool to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this summer, according to reports in England.

Yahoo! Sport is reporting that the Premier League champions have edged ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign the Netherlands international.

Indeed, the same article claims that Liverpool and Van Dijk won’t succeed in bullying Southampton to sell the former Celtic defender to the Merseyside club.

According to the exclusive story, Chelsea and Manchester City have a better chance of completing a £70m world-record deal for the Dutch centre-half.

However, the report suggests that the Saints are still hopeful of getting Van Dijk to recommit to the club once the transfer window closes.

Van Dijk missed Southampton’s goalless stalemate with Swansea City on Saturday as the club captain continues to train away from the Southampton first-team.

Liverpool have made a clumsy attempt to sign the Dutch star after the Reds were forced to issue a statement apologising to Southampton for their pursuit of Van Dijk earlier this summer.

The Reds are in desperate need of defensive recruitments after Liverpool played out a 3-3 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

Van Dijk moved to Southampton from Celtic in a £15m deal in 2015.

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