Arsenal set to hijack Chelsea’s move for highly rated Dutch star

Arsenal have started a battle with Chelsea over who will sign Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk.

The Dutch defender was in top form this season before an injury stopped him from featuring for the Saints since January.

Chelsea looked to be very close to clinching a deal for the defender before now, but the media is reporting that Arsenal are ready to go all the way with them in their bid to sign the centre back.

Arsenal recently switched to three at the back, a formation that made it more important for them to have more defensive options at their disposal.

However, the Gunners may miss out of qualifying for the Champions League next season, and this could play a very important role in who the defender decides to join.

Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to offer a bid worth around £50 million for the defender, an amount Arsenal are willing to match.

Southampton have already started planning for a replacement for the defender and all that remains is for the player to decide who he wants to join.

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