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City, Chelsea ahead in £70m Van Dijk race

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The duo of Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly ahead in the race to sign Southampton defender, Virgil van Dijk for £70million.

That is the latest development as the Saints would reportedly prefer to sell the Netherlands international to either of them.

Infact, Southampton are against the idea of selling to Liverpool even if the Reds meet Van Dijk’s £70m asking price.

The centre-half was actually very close to making a switch to Anfield in a £60m deal earlier this summer.

But the Reds had to pull out at the last minute after the Saints accused them of illegally approaching him.

Liverpool stated at the time that they would no longer pursue their interest in Van Dijk, according to valid reports.

But reports have since emerged, suggesting that the 26-year-old is to push through a move to Anfield.

The same report has gone ahead to hint that it will happen in the remaining weeks of the transfer window.

Van Dijk has actually been out of football action since January as a result of a foot injury.

Meanwhile, the Dutch centre-back recently handed in a transfer request at the Saint Mary’s Stadium.

Southampton vow to keep Van Dijk

Despite that, though, Southampton are very sure of keeping Van Dijk at the club.

And that is for the 2017/18 season at least because with the World Cup beckoning, he will want regular football.

The newspaper has quoted an anonymous source as saying: “For three years out of every four, the player holds the upper hand in cases such as these.

“In the other one, the club does as any player worth his salt wants to go to the World Cup.

“That is the reason why Southampton are so confident that Van Dijk will eventually return to the fold.”

However, according to a report from Yahoo Sports, the coastal side are open to doing business with Chelsea or City.

Southampton have, however, reportedly made a vow to retain van Dijk at least until the summer of 2018.

The Saints have promised the Dutchman that they will reintegrate him into the first-team fold if he stays put.

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