Antonio Conte will be frustrated that Chelsea didn’t sign Virgil van Dijk ahead of Liverpool FC, according to Phil Thompson.
The Reds made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world last week when Liverpool FC reached a £75m agreement with Southampton to sign the Netherlands international following a protracted transfer saga stretching back to the summer.
The Dutch centre-half is Liverpool FC’s club record signing after his transfer fee surpassed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s £40m price tag in the summer.
The Merseyside outfit were linked with a move to sign Van Dijk in the summer but the 18-time English champions failed to get a deal over the line after the Saints threatened to report Liverpool FC for an alleged tapping up.
The Reds were rumoured to be facing competition from defending Premier League champions Chelsea and runaway leaders Manchester City to sign the 26-year-old ahead of the January transfer window.
Brazil international David Luiz has fallen down the pecking order under Italian coach Conte this season following the departure of centre-halves Nathan Ake and John Terry back in the summer.
Former Liverpool defender Thompson suggested that Conte will be irked that Chelsea were unable to sign Van Dijk Ahead of their top-six rivals.
“They are another side who were probably looking to entice Virgil Van Dijk, so Conte will probably be questioning why Liverpool were able to outbid themselves with such an outlay and they may feel disappointed they missed out there,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“I think that will upset the manager and the fans as they don’t want to be left behind.”
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