Van Dijk can leave Southampton: Manchester City ahead of Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk

And Virgil van Dijk's arrival will bolster their defense, which has sometimes looked a bit shaky at times this season.

The 26-year-old who arrived from Celtic in 2015 and has been linked with moves to Liverpool, Chelsea and even Manchester City.

The defender has fallen out of favour with current boss Mauricio Pellegrino due to his alleged lack of commitment to the club.

"We have to wait until January".

"Responding to taunts from Liverpool fans, Le Tissier wrote on Twitter: "[It] doesn't take Einstein to work that out [than Van Dijk will leave] after being left out the squad on Saturday whilst not injured!

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Despite not being able to sign a centre-back, Manchester City have not lost a single game in the league this season and comfortably occupy the first place on the points table.

As potential transfers go, Van Dijk moving to Liverpool is a pretty good gamble to takea chance reporting as an agreed deal, but it doesn't look like everything is agreed with Southampton or the player yet. Liverpool and Chelsea have also shown interest in signing Van Dijk but the Reds withdrew their pursuit of the player after being reported to the FA for tapping up.

According to The Telegraph, Manchester City close to completing a £60 million deal to secure Van Dijk in the January transfer window. With Javier Mascherano looking to leave the club after almost seven years with Barcelona, the Catalan giants will lose a key defender.

Asked why the centre-back was omitted once again, Pellegrino told reporters: "I have to decide what's best for the team and around Virgil there has been a lot of speculation". Twelve momnths on, Van Dijk is the candidate with the most options to join the Premier League leaders.

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