Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has told Saints' boss Mauricio Pellegrino that he wants to leave the club and is training alone right now.
The former Alaves boss, while talking to BBC Radio Solent, revealed that the Dutch international has not been included in their pre-season squad as he is "not 100%" mentally. He has been strongly linked with Liverpool, but Southampton are confident that the 26-year-old will review his decision and something will strike out between the two parties (van Dijk and Southampton).
It has been now confirmed that The North London giants Arsenal are also a part of the race to sign Virgil van Dijk from Premier League outfit Southampton (Metro Sport), as the Gunners look to add even more quality to their current squad. The Saints’ star would cost the club a fee of around £60m-70m, as per the claims and could become their costliest that they signed if the deal does indeed go through.
Arsene Wenger’s team did not have a great previous season and will now want to improve, as they want to win more titles after their FA Cup triumph last term. The French manger has been looking to sign someone for a long time, who can fortify his back-line and make them solid defensively.
He is now looking to add t26-year-oldold centre-back to his current squad and if the move is completed, it could be a huge boost for the club. The player, who is wanted by the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, now has another big club from England right on his tail and things are looking interesting, in this transfer saga.
The Holland international is quite experienced and has played for Celtic in the past as well, with more than 50 appearances, scoring nine goals. The defensive superstar would be a great addition to any of them teams that he joins, which is the main reason why all these English giants seem desperate to add him to their team.
Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has issued an ultimatum to the club, that the only side he wants to move to is Liverpool, as per reports from the Mirror.
The 26-year old, who has been on the Reds' radar for months now, has told the Saints that he wants to play in the UEFA Champions League and wants do so with Liverpool only, leaving the South Coast club in a bit of a quandary.
Southampton have no intention of selling their star centre-half and had earlier reported Liverpool to the Premier League for "tapping up" the Dutchman. Following this, the Reds issued a public apology to the Saints and withdrew their interest in Van Dijk last month. However, manager Jurgen Klopp still remains keen on signing the giant defender and harbours hopes of getting a deal done before the transfer window closes.
The Saints' new manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, wants to keep hold of Van Dijk at the St. Mary's but also doesn’t want an unhappy player in his squad, due to which, he might be open to a sale. However, with just Liverpool the only firm party, they find themselves in a sticky situation.
There had been reported interest in the Netherlands international from Premier League champions Chelsea and UEFA Europa League winners Manchester United, but since then the Blues have moved on and are close to signing Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma, while United have brought in Victor Lindelof from SL Benfica. Manchester City too have been credited with an interest, but there has been nothing concrete from Pep Guardiola's side either.
Liverpool to make an offer for versatile Arsenal midfielder, while they name their price for unwanted winger who is chased by Watford. The Reds are set to escape punishment for allegedly tapping up Premier League defender and they rule out interest in Napoli left-back; all this in today's Liverpool transfer round-up:
£25 Million Bid For Oxlade-Chamberlain Expected
Liverpool are set to make a £25 million bid for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the club made a first step towards a transfer by launching an enquiry.
The 23-year old is on top of Jurgen Klopp's wish-list, who is supposedly a fan of the Englishman's versatility. And while Arsenal are in no mood to sell, they may well be forced to consider a transfer, as the Ox is set to enter the final year of his contract with the club. With no real progress made in negotiations over a new deal, the England international has grown frustrated and may seek an exit.
Chelsea and Manchester City are also monitoring the situation, but seems like Liverpool have made the first move in a potential bidding war. (Mirror)
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have apologized to Southampton regarding the recent rift involving the Merseyside club and Southampton's defender Virgil van Dijk. A few days back, the Guardian reported that Liverpool are ready to pay Southampton's asking price of £60m and were also ready to match their rivals by offering him a wage pack of as much as £200,000 a week. Besides that, the player himself told Liverpool he wants to join them this summer and hence, the South Coast club were left furious with the reports and asked Premier League to investigate the illegal approach made by Liverpool.
Following all this, the Merseysiders have released an official statement regarding the entire framework and has said that they have dropped off their interest in the Dutch defender.
“Liverpool Football Club would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs,” the statement read. “We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk. We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.”
Chelsea leading the race for most-wanted centre-back in the Premier League, Everton place a hefty price tag on exit-bound attacker, Arsenal to pry away young striker from London rivals, Stoke City's Jack Butland on the radar of several English heavyweights and Manchester United to go head to head against Real Madrid for a 16-year old wonderkid – here's what is going in today's transfer news in our Premier League round-up:
Chelsea Lead Race For Van Dijk
Premier League's most sought-after defender Virgil van Dijk is on his way to Chelsea according to reports. The Dutchman is a transfer target for the Blues along with Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton.
However, the 25-year old seems intent on joining up with the Premier League title winners Chelsea in the summer. Van Dijk has become one of the best defenders in the top flight since he joined the Saints from Scottish side Celtic in the past two years.
Southampton are under no pressure to sell Van Dijk in the summer as revealed by manager Claude Puel earlier this week, but are believed to be demanding a fee in the region of £50 million and upwards for the Dutchman's services. (Daily Star)
Arsenal have joined in the race to sign Southampton's 25-year-old centre-half Virgil van Dijk, even though they are well aware of the fact that their inter-city nemesis, Chelsea, are firm favourites in acquiring his signature - reports the Daily Telegraph.
The same source has further added that van Dijk's former boss Ronald Koeman, alongside Liverpool and Manchester City are also interested in signing him, but what might snub off all the attractors is the fact that a £50 million price tag is hanging on his head.
Van Dijk, who has been a complete revelation in the Premier League since his £13 million from Celtic back in 2015, hasn't played a single minute since February. The Dutch international damaged his foot back in January and many now claim that he might well have played the last game for the Saints. And if that is the case, their manager Claude Puel will be in big trouble as he has already lost Jose Fonte to West Ham United back in January.
Furthermore, Telegraph have also reported that the Gunners are ready to match the wage structure which their rivals are ready to offer. And should they fail to acquire his signature, they are well expected to search out the market to sign a defender. The sole reason being; Wenger's recent switch to a three at the back formation.
Arsenal outclassed Pep Guardiola's Manchester City a few days back, knocking them out of the FA Cup, and key to that was their defence. Skipper Lorient Koscielny, in particular, was an outstanding performer of the evening.
As per the recent report from Daily Telegraph, Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign Southampton's Virgil van Dijk in the upcoming summer window.
The former Celtic man has been a complete revelation since his joining the South Coast club and has been under the radar of many Premier League clubs, most notably; Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. But the major barrier in the speculation would be Southampton's reported asking price of £50 million, and should the Blues agreed to the terms, van Djik will become the most expensive defender, eclipsing John Stones' £47.5m move to Manchester City.