Top quality central defenders are hard to come by in top-flight football, which is why in recent years they've attracted such huge transfer fees. One such player if Virgil Van Dyk, who sources are hotly linking with a move to Chelsea.
Chelsea's defence has been broadly excellent this season, conceding just six goals in the last ten games and just 16 overall this season.
That said, it is well-known Antonio Conte is keen to strengthen his backline further and has been linked with a raft of top central defenders.
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Van Dyk has had a very impressive season at Southampton, helping his side to 12 clean sheets and himself to four goals - already outperforming his tally for those stats last season.
Across this season and last his performances are on a par with Gary Cahill's, but it's likely he would actually take Cesar Azpilicueta's spot in the team.
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At 6' 4" there is no doubt he would offer a greater physical presence than the Spaniard, and at 25 the Netherlands international is entering the peak of his career.
Cost could be a stumbling block, with previous reports suggesting Southampton wanted £50 million for their prized defender.
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