Transfer chase heats up with Everton joining the fray

As reported by the Daily Mirror, Everton are the latest club to join the Virgil van Dijk transfer chase after losing John Stones to Manchester City earlier this year.

What’s the word?

The performances of Southampton defender Van Dijk are the talk of pundits everywhere, with the big Dutch defender contributing massively to two successive Premier League clean sheets against both Everton and Liverpool.

Now the man who brought him to the Premier League from Celtic, Ronald Koeman, is looking to reunite with his former star and could be willing to pay as much as £40m to do so.

Everton have only kept two clean sheets since August and have just one win in their last six games. In Van Dijk they’d be getting a defender who could come in and make a difference straight away.

Below are his stats vs. Inter Milan in Europa League group stage action this term:

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Who else is interested?

As discussed last week by FootballFanCast, Everton aren’t the only side interested in his services, which could push his price up even further. Both Manchester United and Liverpool are tracking the Southampton player of the year, which could prompt a bidding war.

If Southampton are to cash in, now could be the time, with the defender’s reputation at an all-time high. Given that they bought VVD for a fee of just £11m from Celtic, receiving more than triple that for the Netherlands ace would represent great business.