Arsenal join chase for Virgil van Dijk

Lynette Rowe
December 17, 2017

The club's £70million asking price proved prohibitive, but there was concrete interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

But Southampton complained about Liverpool's overtures to the Premier League and the Reds publicly ended their interest.

Van Dijk, who has made 12 appearances for Southampton this season, was dropped by Pellegrino for Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.

"I left him and others out because I wanted fresh players after playing so many games in a few days. I can have my opinion and this I have give to the technical director, to the chairman, my opinion", he told reporters.

Pellegrino insisted the former Celtic defender remained a key member of the squad after he started the previous 11 games, but would not rule out a move when the winter transfer window opens next month.

One of those positions is at centre-back. the Gunners have conceded 20 goals in the Premier League this season, the same as Liverpool and more than the rest of the top seven.

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"I can't say what will happen in the future".

"After the board can decide altogether which is the best for the team".

'But I repeat that I can't control the market right now.

"The club was clear in the beginning and I have the same opinion", Pellegrino said.

"I can't control the market", said Pellegrino after his side's 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.

This was an important three points for Chelsea and head coach Antonio Cone, who stuck with Eden Hazard in the "false nine" role, even though Alvaro Morata was back from injury.

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