Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk
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The £100m battle to sign Van Dijk hots up

Widely rated as one of the best defenders in the Premier League, the battle to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is hotting up in time for summer.

Yesterday, we brought you the news that van Dijk is keen on playing for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp next season.

Liverpool are indeed one of just four teams to have been linked with making a move for the 25-year-old, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City having been linked in the past few months.

Arsenal’s hopes will have been dashed by their lack of Champions League football next season, making it a three horse race.

However, according to reports in The Times today, Manchester City have made their move for the Dutchman. They claim that Pep Guardiola and the Manchester City board have put together a staggering £100million package to take the defender to the Etihad.

That £100m consists of a £50m transfer fee to his current club Southampton, and a further £50m to the player over the course of five years, a £180,000-a-week contract.

Southampton are apparently holding out for £60million for the defender.

Where will van Dijk be playing football next season? Is he worth the money being talked about? Leave us your comments.

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