Man City keen to sign Chelsea’s long-term target in January

Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk has been linked with a transfer away from the team for a while now.

During the summer transfer window, the Dutch player was expected to join Liverpool, but the transfer fell through. It seems that a winter transfer is very much on the cards now.

 As per Telegraph, Premier League leads Manchester City are close to signing the 26-year-old defender. The report adds that the two teams are already in talks and business could be done for a fee of around £60m.

There is no doubt that Van Dijk is an excellent footballer who would develop any side in English football. Moreover, his control on the ball will also help him settle into Guardiola’s style of football.

Injuries to Kompany and Stones have left City light at the back and a third centre-back is required to challenge on all tournaments. Furthermore, Manchester City could certainly use someone better than Mangala.

In case a transfer for Van Dijk falls out, City have named Inigo Martinez and Jonny Evans as the other options.

Telegraph also claims that Antonio Conte remains an admirer of Virgil van Dijk and the Italian is desperate to sign him.