Antonio Conte: 'Virgil van Dijk is a really good player'

The Saints still maintain the stance that van Dijk is not for sale, but those interested believe they would have listen if bids went above £50million.

Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk is apparently the name at the top of Wenger's list with the Frenchman weighing up the possibility of making a move for the Dutchman.

SOUTHAMPTON boss Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he is unsure whether Virgil van Dijk will stay at the club beyond January.

However, Arsenal are now also said to be considering a move to sign the Netherlands worldwide, with Manchester City also monitoring the situation.

Speaking after Saints' 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, Pellegrino admitted Van Dijk could be on his way in next month's window.

The Italian said: "He's a really good player".

"I have my opinion, I have to give to the technical director and the chairman my opinion, but the club will decide what's best". He had a bad injury, but I think he recovered very well.

"I can't control the market", said Pellegrino after his side's 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.

Reds owners Fenway Sports Group subsequently assured Southampton that they would not make any further approach for the player unless they were invited to do so by the south coast club, but recent reports have suggested that the Merseyside club will launch a fresh attempt to sign the defender in January.

Arsenal, Liverpool FC and Manchester City are bound to be linked with a host of players in the coming weeks as the January transfer window draws nearer.

He added: "I can't control this".

"I will recommend to try to keep our best player here in the club".

All four clubs are keen on signing the Southampton defender, who himself has made clear he would relish an opportunity to move to a bigger club.


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