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Arsenal could make a move for Southampton’s over £50m rated star Virgil Van Dijk, according to reports.
The Dutch defender who recently handed in a transfer request at the St Mary’s has been the subject of interest from Liverpool all summer but It is being claimed that Arsenal could now join the race to sign the 26 year old.
Southampton are not willing to lose the defender and have already warned he won’t be sold despite submitting an official transfer request.
However, a player of such quality will not be short of interests and Arsenal are one of the clubs reportedly interested in signing the defender should Southampton decide to sell.
According to the Daily Mail via the Daily Cannon, Liverpool remain ahead in the race to sign the defender because of the player’s desire to join them but the poor relationship between Southampton and the Anfield club could give Arsenal and other clubs a chance of snatching the Dutch man.
Arsenal’s need for a centre back may not a priority but one can’t deny the fact that if we want to take a step up as a club, signing a world class defender like Van Dijk is necessary.
However, Van Dijk isn’t expected to come cheap. Southampton are expected to demand a world record fee for their star man and the interest from numerous clubs will put them in a stronger position to drive his price up.
It’s unlikely Wenger will want to go into a bidding war for a player who isn’t of much priority at the moment, hence we have a slim chance of signing him.