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Southampton star Virgil van Dijk’s set for shock move to Premier League club

The Gunners step up their pursuit for the in-demand defender, despite Southampton's firm stance this summer

ARSENAL are edging closer to signing in-demand Virgil van Dijk after reportedly meeting with the player and his representatives.

The Southampton defender has attracted interest from several clubs and that has only intensified since he handed in a transfer request just over two weeks’ ago.


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Virgil van Dijk is not currently training with the Southampton squad

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Virgil van Dijk is not training with the Southampton squad

Arsenal are the latest side to be linked with the Dutchman

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Arsenal are the latest side to be linked with the Dutchman

The Gunners have met with Van Dijk in order to push forward a deal, according to James Dodd of Fox Sports News.

Arsene Wenger is keen to bolster his defensive options, but he will have to fork out around £50million to secure the Dutchman’s signature.


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However, Arsenal are not alone in their quest to sign Van Dijk, with Liverpool and Chelsea both making contact with the Saints regarding their skipper.

Liverpool looked the firm favourites to seal a deal for 26-year-old, but the Merseyside giants were forced to publicly apologise after tapping up the player.

The Saints remain insistent that Van Dijk will not be sold, despite confirming the signing of defender Wesley Hoedt from Lazio.

The wantaway Holland international is not currently training with Southampton’s first-team squad.

The Dutch defender receives a red card during a Premier League fixture against West Brom

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The Dutch defender receives a red card during a Premier League fixture against West Brom

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino remains adamant that his skipper will stay at St Mary's

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Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino remains adamant that his skipper will stay at St Mary’s

Van Dijk penned a new six-year contract in May 2016 but he is now determined to depart from the St Mary’s.

However, the end of the transfer window is looming, so the Gunners will have to act quickly if they wish to complete the deal.

The 26-year-old has not played Champions League football since he left Celtic in 2015, which is reported to be a key driving force behind his desire to leave.

The Dutchman has scored four goals in 55 Premier League appearances for the Saints since joining from Celtic in 2015.

The Saints will not sell their defender for any less than £50m

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The Saints will not sell their defender for any less than £50m

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