Five Virgil van Dijk replacements Southampton could sign

According to reports in The Guardian, Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has told Liverpool that he wants to join them this summer.

Despite being on the sidelines since January because of injury, the Dutchman made so much of an impression in the previous 18 months with the Saints that a number of top Premier League teams – including the Reds, Manchester City and Chelsea – had been linked with what would be a world-record move for a defender.

There has been a range of prices from £50m-£70m reported in the media in recent weeks, and it is unclear how much the 25-year-old will cost if he does indeed make the move to Merseyside.

But with a transfer seeming more and more likely, the south coast outfit will know that they will need to bring in a replacement for their captain to fill the huge void that he will leave if he exits St Mary’s.

As shown with the signings of Dejan Lovren, Toby Alderweireld and Van Dijk in recent years, Saints are likely to look abroad for an up and coming defender but that doesn’t mean English-based players should be discounted either.

Here are five Van Dijk replacements Southampton could sign…