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Manchester City close to landing Southampton's Van Dijk

Manchester City close to landing Southampton's Van Dijk

Having come close to a transfer to Liverpool in the summer, Manchester City and Chelsea are now in pole position to land him and Pellegrino confessed he will be allowed to move on, for the right price. Both clubs are in need of a central defender and they too are pursuing Van Dijk, but Liverpool seem to have stolen the march on the two of them.

The signing of van Dijk would see Manchester City solve their primary problem at the moment, hence making them a force to reckon with in Europe's top leagues.

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino said he was fit for selection on Saturday but has made a decision to leave him out once again amid speculation van Dijk wants to leave the St Mary's Stadium in the January transfer window.

Without Van Dijk, Southampton were thrashed by a rampant Tottenham and a section of travelling fans at Wembley chanted "you're getting sacked in the morning" at Pellegrino.

'The manager decides what is the best.

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"With Virgil, there is a lot of speculation, but we have to wait and see until January and then we can talk", he told Sky Sports.

While £70m is a lot of money for one player, it's small change in modern Premier League clubs and the reality is that Liverpool will probably collect £120m from selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona next summer, so this is effectively investing money that will arrive later in 2018.

Van Dijk was also left out of the squad on Saturday as Saints earned a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.

He added: "The club decides which bid they accept, the player decides whether or not he goes to that club". I am responsible for picking 11 players, and I intend to pick the best for the team.