Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Latest Rumours on Virgil van Dijk, Inigo Martinez

Latest Rumours on Virgil van Dijk, Inigo Martinez

If van Dijk does join City, the Hoops could earn up to £7 million thanks to the sell-on clause included in his £10 million move to Southampton.

The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes the Dutch defender would add much needed steel to his back line and he is ready to pay top dollar for his services.

Van Dijk was dropped after Southampton's 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Leicester City last time out and Mauricio Pellegrino's side did not appear to miss the centre-back, who handed in a transfer request in the last window.

The Netherlands global was an unused substitute as Chelsea beat Southampton 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday, thanks to Marcos Alonso's free-kick at the end of the first half.

Martinez is Guardiola's other target in the new year, but "Van Dijk is the preferred option", with an enquiry likely "in the coming weeks".

Martinez's attacking contributions are impressive, but more importantly he's a robust defender, even if he is perhaps not quite at Van Dijk's level.

"In that department we have too few players and to handle all competitions we are in trouble, real trouble if this is the case".

The January transfer window is just around the corner meaning clubs are working hard on potential deals so we'll bring you all the latest gossip from around the globe. The Spain worldwide would also be a cheaper option than Van Dijk, given his €32 million release clause.

"Virgil is an important player".

"I can't control the market", said Pellegrino.

"After, the board can decide all together which is the best for the team".

'He is a really good player, I wish him the best'.

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