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Barcelona ramp up Virgil van Dijk interest after scouting Southampton defender on Holland duty

Dutchman tried to orchestrate a move to Anfield in the summer but stayed on the South coast with a number of teams after his signature

Liverpool face competition from Barcelona for Southampton ace Virgi van Dijk, according to reports.

The Dutchman stayed on the South Coast despite pushing for a move in the summer but admitted he could leave in January.

Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk could be a January target for Barcelona, Liverpool and Chelsea

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Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk could be a January target for Barcelona

And the Mirror are reporting that La Liga giants Barca are now also interested in the former Celtic star.


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According to the report, Barca scouts were in attendance to watch Van Dijk, 26, in the international clash between Holland and Sweden.

And Saints would rather sell their star defender abroad than let another of their players move to Anfield.

Manchester City are also reportedly interested in Van Dijk and have been asked to be kept informed of his situation.


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Virgil van Dijk has been told he is unlikely to exit Southampton until next summer

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Virgil van Dijk tried to leave Southampton in the summer

Virgil Van Dijk only made a return to the Southampton starting line-up at Stoke last week

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Virgil Van Dijk only made a return to the Southampton starting line-up at Stoke last month

Van Dijk has only just returned to favour at St Mary’s after he tried to force through a move to Liverpool in the summer.

The Reds were forced to apologize for their approach of Van Dijk.

The centre-back was left training with the youth team after refusing to play for the club in an effort to secure a transfer to Anfield.

Speaking to Fox Sports, Van Dijk said: “I have now regrets.

Klopp was determined to try and sign Southampton star Virgil van Dijk

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Jurgen Klopp was determined to try and sign Southampton star Virgil van Dijk

“Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what is possible.

“I’m glad I’m fit again and I can give up to 100 per cent.

“Of course I wanted to make a step up but Southampton did not want to sell me.

“But you’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.”


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