Arsenal are reportedly set to join League rivals Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the race to seal the deal for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
The North Londoners would likely have to break their transfer record for a second time this summer to bring the defender to the Emirates Stadium, with different stories stating he could cost anywhere between £60-70million.
Van Dijk would likely cost much more than Alexandre Lacazette as Southampton play hard-ball over a deal this summer, with The Reds and Chelsea battling to agree on a deal for him so far in this transfer window.
Although the Netherlands international’s decision is believed to be for a transfer to Anfield, the Saints are unwilling to do business with The Reds after their approach for him earlier in the summer.
Merseysiders would also have to go back on their word after saying their interest was at an end earlier this summer.
“Liverpool would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs
“We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk. We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.” – they claimed amid fear they could be penalised for breaking transfer rules.
This could be great news for Arsenal, who have moved in the race due to defensive issues of their own, as reported by The Sun.