Despite being linked with a move to Liverpool for several weeks now, Southampton's want-away defender Virgil van Dijk has now been linked with a £50 million move to defending champions Chelsea. After being beaten at home to Burnley on the opening day of the Premier League season, Chelsea are reportedly looking to take quick action to reinforce their defence.

The former Celtic defender submitted a transfer request last week and has been forced to train by himself since then.

Reports in England claim that Antonio Conte's side are preparing a formal offer for the player this week.

Both Liverpool and Manchester City are still keeping a keen eye on van Dijk and proceedings at Southampton, and with Chelsea now throwing their hat in the mix all three clubs could spark a bidding war for the 26-year-old.