Three reasons Issa Diop would be the ideal Van Dijk replacement for Southampton

Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk finally handed in a transfer request on Monday following a summer of speculation surrounding his future.

The Saints skipper has been linked with moves to the likes of Premier League rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City throughout out the summer, with the former forced to issue an official apology and say they had ended their interest in the player in June after the south coast outfit accused them of tapping the 26-year-old up.

Now the Dutchman has told the club that he wants to leave, but the latest reports in The Telegraph suggest that Southampton still aren’t willing to sell the centre-back as they look to hold on to their key stars.

Nevertheless, manager Mauricio Pellegrino may feel that he needs to bring in a new defender as a successor to Van Dijk in case the situation changes later this month, and Toulouse centre-half Issa Diop could be the perfect candidate.

Here are three reasons Diop would be the ideal Van Dijk replacement…