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Manchester City ‘seriously consider’ January move for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk

Manchester City will seriously consider a January move for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk if the defensive issues continue, according to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph.

25-year-old Van Dijk has been linked with a switch to the Etihad in recent weeks, but Txiki Begiristain’s claim that there would be no deals in January put any immediate move for the Dutch international in doubt.

However, it is reported that unless Pep Guardiola finds a working defensive strategy before January, the club are strongly considering an approach for Van Dijk.

City would prefer to hold off on any big deals until next summer, but Van Dijk could be obtainable in the winter transfer window, and with Southampton mid-table and out of Europe, they would struggle to hold on to their prized asset, who is said to be keen on the idea of working with Guardiola.

With rumours of a £25 million release clause proving to be false, it is thought that Southampton would demand a fee of around £40 million for Van Dijk, who has been a consistent performer for the Saints since his £13 million move from Celtic in September 2015.

City’s central defensive options are currently Nicolás Otamendi, John Stones, natural left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, and Mancunian teenager Tosin Adarabioyo. Club captain Vincent Kompany is sidelined with lengthy injury and has made just two Premier League starts this season.

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