Southampton are set to disappoint a host of Premier League clubs pursuing Dutch central defender Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window by rejecting any offers they may receive for the player, according to the Telegraph. Manchester United and Chelsea have been touted as potential destinations for the former Celtic man. However it’s now thought Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool are reported to be the most keen on Van Dijk.
Saints have however decided to reject all offers until next summer at least, as they’re looking to capitalise on the player’s best form before selling him at a premium.
After signing a new six-year contract in May, Van Dijk is settled at Southampton and it isn’t thought that he would push through a January move himself.
Despite Southampton only paying £13 million for him it is though that his valuation has since soared to around £40 million.
Should his performances on the field continue at the high standards his value is likely to rise even higher by the time the season ends.
Both Liverpool and Manchester City have looked weak at the back so far this Premier League campaign, so would naturally see their defences as primary areas to strengthen. However they may have to wait if they’re still keen on landing Van Dijk.
Manchester United no longer interested
It’s though that Manchester United’s interest is believed to have cooled given they’re closing in on a £38m transfer for Benfica’s Swedish defender Victor Lindelof. Also, Chelsea are soon set to welcome Kurt Zouma back into their first team mix after a serious injury.