Southampton wantaway star Virgil van Dijk looks set to leave his club during the summer transfer window.
The Dutch defender was expected to join Liverpool earlier this summer but his desired move to Anfield collapsed after the Reds were accused of foul play in the transfer market. Liverpool were forced to issue a public apology to Southampton and seemingly give up on the Dutch defender, which just might not be entirely true.
Liverpool are not out of contention for the highly-rated centre-back and are expected to come back with an offer for van Dijk, which would this time be officially made as it should have been in the first place.
Arsene Wenger hopes to scrap Liverpool’s plans however as he is readying a £45 million offer according to Daily Star.
The Gunners boss is keen to further reinforce his backline and is looking at a player he was keen on two years ago when Virgil van Dijk impressed at Celtic. The Gunners did not follow up their interest with a big at that time, which opened the door for Southampton to grab the quality defender.
And Gunners would now have to dig deep into their pockets for a substantially higher transfer fee than £12 million Saints paid for the Dutch defender.
The 26-yeat-old centre-back made 21 Premier League appearances for Southampton last season and even scored a goal during that time. He played six Europa League games as well, scoring two times, whereas he also added one FA Cup goal during last season for his club.