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"He spoke to Antonio Conte" - talkSPORT reporter confirms Chelsea interest in Liverpool target


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has spoken to Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to understand if he was interested in joining Chelsea, football expert Micky Quinn has revealed.

The Netherlands international is expected to join Liverpool in the coming days for £50million.

Manchester City were also heavily linked with the Dutchman but their interest has cooled because of the high transfer fee asked by the Saints.

"Three months ago I think he was in contact with Liverpool and Chelsea, he spoke to both respective managers and was more impressed with Klopp," Quinn told talkSPORT.

"That carried on that Liverpool were definitely interested, I heard it was going to be £50million plus Sakho as part of the deal, obviously Sakho got injured.

"Up to two weeks ago he was signing for Liverpool and then City came in, splashed the cash, £180,000-a-week wages, they blew Liverpool out of the water wages-wise. But still I heard he wanted to play for Liverpool.

"This is going to be more close to £60million the fee and obviously the wages have probably gone up with Manchester City coming in.

"This for me is the transfer of the summer for Liverpool Football Club.

"It's so refreshing because he's chosen the history of Liverpool Football Club, the impressiveness of the manager, and I can't wait to see him play in a Red shirt."

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