Date: 26th December 2017 at 6:38pm
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Today`s transfer gossip centre`s around Virgil van Dijk. Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino spoke about the wantaway central defender. He left the Dutchman out of his match day squad that travelled to Wembley to face Tottenham, a game they subsequently lost 5-2. According to NBC Sport it was Pellegrino`s decision to leave van Dijk out for the game.

`I decided it is the best for the team. I know that around Virgil, will be a lot of speculation. This is my decision,” Pellegrino said. “The manager decides which is the best for every single game. We win lose and draw with and without Virgil and in this squad right now there are a lot of players that can play. We are used to some changes but we can use today this as an excuse.

Van Dijk was famously linked with a move to Liverpool in the summer transfer window. It landed the Reds in whole lot of trouble after Southampton reported them to the league, citing an illegal approach for their player. Liverpool later apologised and withdrew any interest in him.

This time round it is not only Liverpool that are being linked, both Manchester City and Chelsea are thought to be in the frame. A fee is being mooted of £70million. With a move likely to be on, it may come down to how much the clubs are prepared to pay, not only in terms of the players fee, but also the agents.

Chelsea, as we found with Romelu Lukaku, are not keen on hefty agents fees. City of course, are City. Whether Southampton would rather not deal with Liverpool after the summer`s shenanigans may also have to be factored in.

As it stands, we don`t know where van Dijk will end up, but it does appear that he may well be a player on the move in January. With Antonio Conte constantly swapping his defence around and the possibility of David Luiz departing for pastures new, van Dijk would certainly be a good signing for Chelsea. The problem with Chelsea is, they tend to take their time getting these deals done, something the likes of City don`t. If Marina Granovskaia is to get him, she`ll have to act quick.

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