Manchester City are set to beat Chelsea and Liverpool to the signing of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to the Mirror.
The in-demand centre-back is reportedly set to agree terms with City in what will be a £60m deal in the upcoming transfer window.
The Mirror claim that City have offered Van Dijk £200k-a-week in a five-year deal, far surpassing the proposals of both Chelsea and Liverpool.
The Dutchman has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, and was believed to be impressed by Jurgen Klopp’s vision at Liverpool. But he has now reportedly opted to join Pep Guardiola’s side.
Van Dijk, 25, will become the world’s most expensive defender with the move, just ten months after John Stones record £50m transfer to City from Everton.
Netherlands international Van Dijk has played 55 times for Southampton since joining in an £11.5m deal from Celtic two years ago.
His arrival at the Etihad Stadium would be another sign of intent for City as they look to significantly strengthen their defence following last season’s struggles at the back.
The Citizens have already secured the signings of Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva and Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for a combined cost of almost £80m, and they look set to continue their summer of big spending.