Virgil van Dijk wants move to Man City as Saints insist on £40m fee

As reported by the Daily Record, Virgil van Dijk’s preference for his next career move would be working under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

What’s the word?

A potential Virgil van Dijk move away from Southampton has been one of the most talked about rumours ahead of the January transfer window opening.

The Daily Record have added fuel to the fire, reporting that Virgil van Dijk wants to work under Guardiola at the Etihad rather than any other clubs vying for his signature.

That report comes as Claude Puel, after being asked rumoured £25m buy-out clause in the defender’s contract, said (quoted by the Mirror): “It is not true. After this I make no comment about speculation, just to say that Virgil is an important player for the team. For me it’s not a possibility to see him leave.”

The Mirror reckons that Southampton will be holding out for £40m for the player, who has become key to the Saints and their Premier League ambitions.

It’s good news for Celtic too, with the Record also reporting that the Glasgow side are due to receive a 10% cut of any action involving Virgil van Dijk and a move away from St. Mary’s.

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The man everyone wants

Virgil van Dijk hasn’t let all the transfer rumours have an impact on his performances. His man of the match worthy form for Southampton on Sunday inspired them to a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

The defender made 9 defensive clearances, 4 interceptions and won 4 aerial duels in a dominating defensive display.

That’s the kind of performance that clubs are hoping to secure in January but with such a big price tag on his head, will any of the big clubs nibble?

 

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