Chelsea backed for £50m Lewis Dunk transfer as Liverpool Virgil van Dijk comparison made
Chelsea have been backed to spend big on Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, as they look to make their first splash in the transfer market having had their ban lifted. The Blues have only signed one player so far this January – youth striker Bryan Fiabema.
Chelsea are still yet to make their first senior signing of the window.
Having had their transfer ban lifted, they have been linked with a host of big names throughout Europe.
However, they are still yet to buy a single first-team player, with Frank Lampard seemingly cautious to go out and spend money and disrupt the growth of his current squad.
The boss had claimed he wanted to sign a new playmaker to replace Eden Hazard, amid reports of a move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
But now it appears their attention could be on defensive reinforcements, with speculation suggesting they have made Brighton centre-back Dunk their top target.
The 28-year-old had been linked with Leicester City last summer, but stayed put at the Amex.
Question marks have been raised over Brighton’s valuation of Dunk, with reports claiming he will cost at least £50million.
But Liverpool icon Steve Nicol believes the signing of Virgil van Dijk back in December 2017 shows that spending big money on defenders is worth it – if they’re reliable.
Van Dijk has been instrumental in Liverpool’s ascent to the top of the footballing world, having played a key part in their Champions League-winning campaign last season.
And speaking on ESPN FC, Nicol compared Liverpool’s situation to Chelsea’s.
“Look what Van Dijk has done for Liverpool… I have no problem [with big-money signings],” he said.
“The prices seem steep at the time, but if you’re telling me Lewis Dunk is going to cost £50million… those clubs have done some good business with what they’ve signed.
“Chelsea right now need players to come in and hit the ground running.
“If you go out and get someone from outside the Premier League, you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get.
“You know Lewis Dunk is going to be reliable, he’s going to be strong, he’s not gonna be flashy. You know exactly what you’re going to get.
“He’s experienced, he’s 28-years-old, he’s in his prime, it wouldn’t be a bad signing.
“I think they need strengthening, but still, £50million seems a little pricey.”