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Southampton head-coach Mauricio Pellegrino remained coy when asked about the future of defender Virgil van Dijk, who has been heavily linked also with Chelsea.

The manager, when asked about a possible move to Stamford Bridge for the Dutchman, refused to give a transfer market update: “I don’t have this information and I don’t want to give any opinion about that. It is a situation where nothing has changed. I have nothing to say.”

It is understood Liverpool were closing in on a move for van Dijk, before Southampton asked the Premier League to launch an investigation due to an alleged illegal approach from the Reds.

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Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea held talks with Virgil van Dijk‘s representatives without permission from Southampton, according to reports in the DailyStar this morning.

It is understood that Reds “have ended any interest in the player” and Southampton are keen to keep the centre-back, who is still “not for sale” even if he handed in a transfer request earlier this summer.

The Dutchman was recently spotted in London with some friends, in a picture which has been removed following fans’ reaction about a possible move to Stamford Bridge.

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“Nobody is for sale that we don’t want to sell and so he is not for sale in this window, – Saints’ chairman Krueger said – I don’t give definite answers where there isn’t a definite”.

“With all the knowledge I have today and all the information I have on my plate right now that is my answer as we are carrying our strategy through the summer and that’s it.”

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Chelsea and Liverpool received transfer market boost as Southampton and Lazio have reportedly agreed a £15m fee for centre-back Wesley Hoedt.

This move could have implications on the future of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, with Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte still interested in the 26-year-old.

SkySports believe Van Dijk won’t join another side despite his recent statement: “It is with regret that I can confirm that I have today handed in a transfer request to leave Southampton Football Club” we read.

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Chelsea are considering a £15m move for Southampton’s full-back Cedric Soares, according to the Daily Mirror.

It is understood manager Antonio Conte wants to strengthen his squad with at least 3-4 players before the transfer market deadline and Victor Moses needs a back-up.

Cedric Soares has been previously linked with a move to Chelsea, who are interested also in Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Juventus’ Alex Sandro.

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SkySports pundit Jamie Redknapp is certain that Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk will leave the Premier League side before the transfer market deadline.

It is understood the Dutchman handed in a transfer request yesterday, with Chelsea and Liverpool reportedly interested in signing the former Celtic and Groningen centre-back.

Here is the statement in full: “It is with regret that I can confirm that I have today handed in a transfer request to leave Southampton Football Club.

Unfortunately I feel I have no alternative after I was given notice of the Club’s intention to impose a disciplinary sanction against me of a fine equivalent to 2 weeks wages. I will be appealing what I feel to be an unjustified sanction and their inability to follow the correct disciplinary protocol in due course.

Over the past six months I have held numerous discussions with representatives of the board, the former manager Claude Puel as well as the new manager Mauricio Pellegrino to inform them all of my desire to leave the club in search of a new challenge.

I am incredibly ambitious and want to achieve as much as I possibly can to fulfil my potential in what is a very short career as a professional footballer. I want to play European football again and challenge for major honours and as such I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist.

I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed.

The period of time that I have just spent injured and unable to play has put a number of things into perspective and made me realise just how important it is to take major opportunities should they arise.

I have consistently relayed my feelings to senior management at Southampton in what I believed to be private and personal conversations. Disappointingly, these conversations have regularly found their way into the media.

I would also like to make clear that I have never once refused to train. I can confirm that I was asked about my frame of mind and for all of the reasons mentioned above I was open and honest in saying that I did not feel I was in a settled mindset given the circumstances.

Following this conversation the manager explained that he only wanted players who he felt were 100% committed to Southampton and told me I would therefore have to train away from the first team.

As a proud professional I am insulted by the suggestion that it was me who refused to train and so feel it is important to point out the true version of events.”

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Virgil Van Dijk has informed Southampton he wants to leave St Mary’s this summer, which saw him left out of the club’s training camp in France last week.

The Dutch defender was expected to join Liverpool earlier in the window but the Reds were forced to publicly end their interest after Southampton accused them of illegally tapping him up, as it was understood they had been holding talks with him since last April.

Van Dijk is still keen for a move to Anfield, but the club would prefer to sell him to Chelsea.

A bid is believed to be ready from the Blues, who are looking for another central defender to revamp their defence.

Southampton value the player around £ 60m.

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Olympique Marseille, Southampton and Everton are among the teams interested in signing Loic Remy from Chelsea this summer, according to reports in England.

The French forward scored twice as the Blues have beaten London side Fulham in a friendly at Cobham.

Also Besiktas are said to be plotting a summer move to land Remy to the Turkish First Division, but the player would reportedly prefer a move to the Premier League

 

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After weeks of speculations Liverpool announce they are not interested in signing Virgil Van Dijk anymore.

“Liverpool football club” – the club`s note reads – would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton football club and player transfers between the two clubs.

We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil Van Dijk. We respect Southampton`s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.”

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