Manager Antonio Conte admitted he wanted to sign in Virgil van Dijk to Chelsea prior his move to Liverpool but the Blues failed in efforts to successfully buy the player.
Liverpool already announced the arrival of Van Dijk prior the start of January transfer saga, stealing him on Manchester City and Chelsea bid. City and the Blues were widely linked to the star player since last summer and in the winter market.
Last month Conte warned that City’s rivals could not allow the runaway Premier League leaders to further bolster their squad by signing Van Dijk, but speaking on Friday the former Italy manager admitted that he would have rather the defender ended up at Stamford Bridge than Anfield.
“This is football, this is life,” Conte said when asked about Chelsea missing out on Van Dijk. “For sure it was our target [to sign him], but as you know very well, football is this. You can have a lot of targets but then you must be able to reach them. The transfer market is not simple for any club.”
On a different note, Van Dijk made it clear that he was really headed to Liverpool since last summer.
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