Barcelona target Premier League star as they look for defensive reinforcements

Virgil van Dijk could be heading to the Etihad in January

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Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino seems resigned to losing Virgil van Dijk next month.

Having been so closely linked with Liverpool over the summer, his name has also been placed alongside Chelsea and even Barcelona, however the unbeatable City could be about to get their man. And with the transfer window less than a week from opening it's doors, Virgil Van Dijk omission from the squad does fire up the transfer rumor mill.

Liverpool too are long-term admirers of the defender and tried the entire summer to sign him, but Southampton were unwilling to deal with the Merseyside club.

Friday night's 3-3 draw at Arsenal provided more unwanted evidence of Liverpool's inability to see out a game from a winning position, with individual errors costing Jurgen Klopp's side once again after they established a 2-0 lead.




Liverpool desperately need to sign a new central defender in the winter transfer window if they are to challenge the best of teams in the UEFA Champions League KO stages and to finish in the top four in the PL again. This is the reason.

Manchester City are close to securing the signing of Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk in a £60million deal, James Ducker of the Telegraph reports. With Javier Mascherano looking to leave the club after almost seven years with Barcelona, the Catalan giants will lose a key defender. Van Dijk's future? I don't know, we'll have to wait, but I will repeat, there will be a lot of speculation around him.

But all this comes down to Van Dijk and the 26-year-old already said in August, "I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfil my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer".

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