Chelsea set to sign leading 25-year-old defender in £60m deal – report

Chelsea are on the brink of signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Instagram

Chelsea are ready to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk in a £60m deal in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

Sky Sport Italia is reporting that the Netherlands international is closing in on a switch to the Premier League champions this summer.

The same article states that there is still a small distance between Chelsea and Southampton in relation to their valuation of the defender.

However, according to the Italian media outlet, both parties are confident of concluding a deal which would see Van Dijk become Chelsea’s first summer signing.

The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool earlier this month but a deal failed to materialise after the Reds were forced to pull out of a deal.

Indeed, Liverpool issued a statement apologising to Southampton about their pursuit of the Dutch defender, much to the embarrassment of the club’s supporters.

Chelsea are thought to be in the market to sign a centre-half after their experienced captain John Terry left Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2016-17 season.

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