Premier League leaders Chelsea are deemed to have made a club-record bid for Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk. The Netherlands international has been in top form for Saints this season despite their recent struggles.
According to The Express, manager Antonio Conte has the full backing of owner Roman Abramovich as he attempts to bolster his squad for the second half of the season.
The Blues are currently on a record 13 match winning league streak which has put them clear at the summit, but this will not deter Conte from spending big in the transfer market.
Van Dijk has been hitting the headlines for the right reasons this term, and The Express claims that the Blues have tabled a record £60m in order to beat Manchester City to his services this month.
Southampton are said to be reluctant to offload their player in the New Year, but a fee anywhere near reported could be tempting enough for a side deemed as a ‘selling club’.
Antonio Conte is likely to have a surplus winter budget following the massive £60m payout from the sale of midfielder Oscar to Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.