Manchester City are willing to wait to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Daily Mail says City are willing to hold off a move for Van Dijk until the summer but are wary of Chelsea interest.

Southampton are keen to keep the Dutch centre-back for this season despite the 25-year-old attracting such interest and will demand around £55million.

That should prove a substantial obstacle for most, despite rumours of a £25m buyout clause, but Chelsea and City have the finance and aren’t afraid to spend it.

City though are reluctant to make additions in January yet are primed to move should Chelsea step up their own interest in Van Dijk with Antonio Conte’s staff weighing up a number of options.