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The Daily Mail are reporting that Arsenal have entered the race to sign Southampton’s £60m-rated centre-back Virgil van Dijk after he handed in a formal transfer request.
Arsene Wenger is looking to sign new players before the end of the summer transfer window and most media outlets have been linking the Gunners with midfielders and attackers in recent weeks.
However, it seems the Frenchman is particularly hoping to buy a central defender as the Daily Mail believe Arsenal are right in the mix to sign van Dijk after he released a strongly worded statement yesterday confirming he has submitted a transfer request.
The Dutch international has been heavily linked with a move away from ST Mary’s all through the summer and he believes he has been forced to make a push after the Saints refused to consider all approaches from several top clubs.
Van Dijk slammed Southampton for their decision to take disciplinary action against him and has urged the club to negotiate his sale as he wants to play in Europe again.
The defender’s statement read:
‘It is with regret that I can confirm I have today handed in a transfer request to leave Southampton Football Club. Unfortunately I feel I have no alternative after I was given notice of the Club’s intention to impose a disciplinary sanction against me of a fine equivalent to 2 weeks wages.
‘I will be appealing what I feel to be an unjustified sanction and their inability to follow the correct disciplinary protocol in due course.
‘I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed.’
‘I’m an incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfill my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer,’
‘I want to play European football again and challenge for major honours and as such I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist.”
This could perhaps give Arsenal some hope of signing him and I hope Wenger does all his possible best to secure his signature.
Van Dijk is arguably the best centre-back in the Premier League and he’d be a superb signing as I think another defender should be our main priority during the closing weeks of the window.