Chelsea ready to offer £170,000-a-week deal to secure first signing – report

Chelsea are ready to offer a big-money contract to Virgil Van Dijk to lure him to the club this summer, say reports

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Chelsea are ready to offer Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk a contract worth £170,000 a week to secure his services ahead of Manchester City, according to reports in the British media.

The Times is reporting that the west London side are ready to offer the Southampton defender a contract of mammoth wages to convince him that a move to Stamford Bridge is the right choice for him this summer.

However, the same story suggests that Manchester City are considering offering Van Dijk wages of £180,000 a week to try to lure him to The Etihad this summer.

Liverpool are also reported to be interest in landing the defender this summer as Jurgen Klopp prepares his team for a return to the Champions League.

The report also claims that Southampton are thought to be holding out for a bid of around £60m for the Dutch defender.

Chelsea are set to be linked with a host of players this summer as Antonio Conte looks to prepare his squad for a return to the Champions League next season.

The Blues won the Premier League this season but came up short in the FA Cup final, when they were beaten 2-1 by Arsenal at Wembley last weekend.

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