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Where Virgil van Dijk can go to instead of Liverpool

Tuesday 8th August 2017
In a shocking turn of events, Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request at Southampton. The Saints defender released a statement alongside the request, reiterating his disappointment in Southampton for constantly rebuffing the approaches of top clubs.

The Dutch defender also states that the club are in the process of fining him two weeks wages, something he feels deeply aggrieved about. After Liverpool were reported to Premier League officials over tapping up the 26-year old, it looks as though a move to Anfield could be off the table.

So here's who Virgil van Dijk could go to instead of Liverpool.

Manchester City

So far this summer, Manchester City & Pep Guardiola have spent £216m; with their war chest nowhere near to being empty. But even in all that spending, City are still missing a competent centre-back pairing. The defensive partnership of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi is not a title-winning duo, as both defenders are poor at executing in a system and they can also be incompetent in the one-on-one situation. Neither are one the top 6 defenders in the Premier League and the pair could easily be pinpointed as the weakness in Pep's multi-million-pound team.

In all honesty, £50million is a drop in the ocean for the Blues and it's a small price to pay for the difference between 2nd and 1st in the Premier League. The move makes sense as Van Dijk's confidence on the ball would suit Guardiola's tikka-takka philosophy.

Juventus

After shockingly selling Leonardo Bonucci to Serie A rivals AC Milan, Juventus are in dire need of a new centre-half to complete Massimiliano Allegri's back three. The coup of Van Dijk would more than compensate for the departure of Bonucci.

The Italian Bonucci was instrumental for Allegri when playing direct balls over the top, he was able to turn defence into attack with one pass. Van Dijk would have to replicate such a role on the right side of the back three as he'd aim for the runs of Dybala and Cuadrado on the flanks.

The no-nonsense approach of Italian defending would teach Van Dijk a lot about the art, thus improving his qualities. The move would also offer the Dutchman a chance to play in the Champions League at one of the competition's main favourites.

Arsenal

This is highly unlikely, but we cannot gloss over Arsenal's desperate need for a new centre-back. The Gunners are currently set to field a back three of Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker and Nacho Monreal for the opening day of the Premier League. Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny are set to return in the upcoming weeks but both of their credentials have been questioned. Mustafi is not the prospect Arsenal fans wanted him to be and Laurent Koscielny is on the wrong side of 30, facing a rapid decline.

Van Dijk would seamlessly fit in at the Emirates as Arsenal play a relaxed style of football that highlights player's qualities. Wengerball starts from the keeper so Van Dijk's passing range would be called into action on a regular basis.

For this transfer to happen, Arsenal would have to choose between spending £50million for Thomas Lemar or Virgil van Dijk. The fans are literally spoilt for choice.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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