Southampton are resigned to promoting Virgil van Dijk within the January switch window to any membership keen to satisfy their asking worth of £70m ($94m), in line with experiences.
Van Dijk, 26, was unnoticed of the Saints squad by supervisor Mauricio Pellegrino for the second sport in a row because the south coast membership misplaced 5-2 at Tottenham on Boxing Day.
Pellegrino mentioned the mounting hypothesis surrounding Van Dijk’s future had performed an element in his determination to drop the defender for the sport towards Spurs.
“I resolve that it is the greatest for the staff. I do know that round Virgil there shall be quite a lot of hypothesis however that is my determination,” the Saints boss told Sky Sports.
“It is tactical causes. The supervisor decides which is one of the best for each single sport; we win, we draw, we misplaced with and with out Virgil and on this squad proper now, I’ve quite a lot of gamers who can play.
“Now he is a part of our membership and we all know that Virgil is a vital participant for us, however we’ll see what occurs sooner or later.
“I can’t management the whispers and the information from outdoors.”
A £70m switch would make Van Dijk the costliest defender in soccer historical past.
Southampton reportedly imagine that their valuation of the centre-back is affordable as he’s eligible to play within the knockout levels of the Champions League and has greater than 4 years left on his contract.
Liverpool pursued Van Dijk as a precedence goal early on through the summer season switch window however formally ended their curiosity after Southampton threatened to report the Reds to the Premier League over an alleged unlawful strategy for the participant.
Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola can also be fascinated by Van Dijk as he desires to strengthen his defence, whereas Arsenal and Chelsea are additionally reported to be preserving tabs on the Netherlands worldwide.