Odds were slashed earlier today on Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk reuniting with former boss Ronald Koeman at Everton, following a flurry of bets on that deal happening.
Van Dijk has been heavily linked with Manchester City, with multiple reports stating that a January bid was in the making. However, Pep Guardiola played down those claims at a press conference and any move this month appeared to die with his words.
But what about in the long-term? According to Daily Mirror journalist, David Anderson, the 25-year-old Dutch centre-half has his heart set on a move to Manchester City – next summer. For this reason, he is willing to remain at the Saints for the remainder of the 2016-17 season before hopefully getting his move to Pep Guardiola’s side.
But Virgil van Dijk is staying at Saints at least until the summer. Everton want him now, but he wants to wait for Man City in the summer.
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) January 19, 2017
Many City fans, tired of seeing opposition run through our defence with incredible ease, would surely like a player like Van Dijk to arrive now, but with the January window winding down, it is looking less and less likely that a centre-back will be brought in. Vincent Kompany is almost ready to go again, and if he can stay fit, it might stabilise the defence for the second half of the season.