According to the Metro reports, Chelsea lining up club-record £60million bid for Southampton defensive rock Virgil van Dijk who has been on the radar of Manchester United, Liverpool and Man City in the recent months.
The Dutch defender has made himself as one of the best defensive prospects in Premier League and his fine form this term has attracted interest from hosts of British clubs.
And Antonio Conte who is keen on to strengthen defensive are in the middle of the season and identified Virgil van Dijk as his no.1 transfer target and ready to break the bank for his signature.
Chelsea are likely to lose John Terry at the end of the current campaign and Dutchman seems to be an ideal addition to the squad that are fighting for the Premier League title.
And now Chelsea look ready to spend big to beat rivals City, Liverpool and Man United in the race for 25-year-old defeneder.
£60m would be a club-record purchase for the west Londoners, eclipsing the £50m they paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011, and it would also be significantly more than John Stones moved to City for in the summer.