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Mauricio Pellegrino admits he 'can't control' Virgil van Dijk's Southampton future

July 20 2018, 06:32 | Van Peters

GETTY Chelsea boss Antonio Conte hails Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk

The Saints still maintain the stance that van Dijk is not for sale, but those interested believe they would have listen if bids went above £50million.

According to reports, Arsenal could make Van Dijk world's most expensive defender considering that Southampton want €80 million for their star player.

Liverpool and Manchester City have been handed a boost ahead of the January transfer window, with the news that Virgil van Dijk will not be kept at Southampton if the club feel he is not willing to give 100%.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have been looking at van Dijk for 12-months, although it was the Reds' pursuit of Van Dijk in the summer that caught the headlines.

City manager Pep Guardiola is also interested in Van Dijk as he wants to strengthen his defence, while Arsenal and Chelsea are also reported to be keeping tabs on the Netherlands worldwide.

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.

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

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"You never know what can happen in the future", he said.

'He's a really good player.

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

He told ESPN: "I think this will happen, but I think it's probably going to happen in the summer".

The Argentine - who accused unnamed players of lacking "commitment" after the 4-1 midweek loss to Leicester - was unable to confirm whether Van Dijk will remain at the club through the January transfer window.

"I will repeat that I can't control the market right now". I will recommend to try to keep our best player here at the club.

All four clubs are keen on signing the Southampton defender, who himself has made clear he would relish an opportunity to move to a bigger club.

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