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Southampton agree to sell Virgil van Dijk in January – but to Man City, Liverpool or Chelsea?

Southampton have accepted that star centre-back Virgil van Dijk will be sold in January and have already agreed the basis of a deal with a club, Kevin Palmer of the Irish Independent reports.

The 26-year-old has been named as a primary Manchester City target in recent days, but Chelsea and especially Liverpool, who botched a deal to sign him last summer, are also interested.

Van Dijk would be available to play in the Champions League knock-out stages, making him particularly enticing for any of the three clubs, all of whom qualified from the group stage.

It is reported that Southampton have already agreed the outline of a deal with a club, and Celtic will receive a hefty sell-on fee if he does move.

Mauricio Pellegrino claimed Van Dijk’s absence from Southampton’s squad against Huddersfield today was ‘tactical’, but the fact that he didn’t even make the bench casts doubt on that claim.

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