BARCELONA have reportedly joined the race for Virgil van Dijk.
Spanish newspaper Sport claims the Southampton centre-back could be in line for a big-money move to the Nou Camp next month.
Barcelona are resigned to losing veteran defender Javier Mascherano, who has his sights set on a Chinese Super League move ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
But despite seeing Gerard Pique form a strong partnership with Samuel Umtiti this season, it’s said that Ernesto Valverde still wants another established centre-back to come in and strengthen his squad.
Van Dijk looks certain to leave St Mary’s either in January or next summer after failing to secure a move to Liverpool six months ago.
He was left out of the Boxing Day squad to face Tottenham at Wembley amid strong interest from Manchester City, while Jurgen Klopp remains interested.
And Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino admits he has no idea if Van Dijk is staying or going.
He said: “We know around Virgil there is a lot of speculation about him.
“We have to wait and see what will happen. I can’t control this but we have to think of our games.”
Barca have also been linked with Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez, while Colombian ace Yerry Mina is set to join next summer.