Virgil van Dijk’s transfer could change the Premier League race

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    Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request to Southampton, opening a move to Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester City, who have all expressed interest in the Dutch central defender.

    All four teams could use a quality centre back as they try to further their chances for the title.

    It is no secret that Van Dijk has been trying to move away from Southampton since May, when he appeared to be set on a Liverpool move before the tapping up saga. Since then, he hasn’t been training with the first team squad nor been part of the majority of their preseason.

    So how does him handing in an official transfer request change anything?

    The 26-year-old said he felt like he had “no alternative” but to hand in a transfer request after becoming increasingly frustrated by their stance to not let him leave. Putting his desire to leave in writing puts all aforementioned clubs on red alert and gives Southampton a real dilemma, which will most likely mean they sell for the asking price of around 60 million euros.

    Acquiring such a high-quality player would bolster any side’s chances of a top-four finish or even the title. Liverpool are the front runners, as he made it clear previously that he would like to join the club. It would be a great signing for the Reds, as their defence lets them down year in, year out.

    Chelsea have fewer choices at centre back this season, with John Terry leaving the club and Kurt Zouma out on loan. Van Dijk would strengthen their defence and help their chances of back-to-back titles.

    Van Dijk would tighten up Arsenal’s backline, while Manchester City may have plenty of depth in that position but are never afraid to splash the cash on reinforcements, and this could be the signing that puts them in the frame for Premier League favouritism.

    The most likely destinations are Liverpool and Chelsea. But with Chelsea raising their efforts to sign Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain, and Van Dijk’s preferred location being Liverpool, the likelihood is we will see a bid from the Reds if Southampton approve this request.

    Otherwise Liverpool are going have to be very careful and might not re-approach Van Dijk due to the original tapping up allegations and fear of prosecution on that.

    Hopefully an end to one of the most drawn-out sagas of this transfer window will come in the next few days.

    Where do you think Van Dijk will play in the 2017-18 season?

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    • August 9th 2017 @ 7:13am
      onyeka said | August 9th 2017 @ 7:13am | ! Report

      Chelsea fc we don’t have time to wait if van dijk can make us sronger , sign him what ever it takes we need to be back to back champion remember there is no time

    • August 9th 2017 @ 11:42am
      Lachie Abbott said | August 9th 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

      Even though I’m a Spurs fan, putting Van Djik on Liverpool would be great to watch. A defence of Milner, Matip, Van Dijk and Clyne is pretty nice.

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        August 9th 2017 @ 11:54am
        Ben Talintyre said | August 9th 2017 @ 11:54am | ! Report

        I myself am a massive Liverpool fan and think he would be a huge get. I think the transfer market is inflated hence why they want 60 mil. In reality he is a 35-40 million dollar defender. Whether Southampton will sell is another matter as they visibly are very frustrated by the situation but may have no choice but to sell now. As for the backline Milner will move back to the midfield with Robertson the starting left back and Moreno will be second choice at left back after having a surprisingly good preseason which is why Liverpool did not end up offloading him.

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