City eye RM166.3m-rated Van Dijk

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MANCH­ESTER CITY boss Pep Guardi­ola is eye­ing Vir­gil van Dijk as a re­place­ment for Vin­cent Kom­pany.

The Southamp­ton de­fender has be­come one of the most-wanted de­fend­ers in the coun­try, with his val­u­a­tion soar­ing to £30 mil­lion (RM166.3m).

City’s Guardi­ola wants to sign a cen­tral de­fender in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, with skip­per Kom­pany, 30, ruled out for six weeks with his lat­est prob­lem, a knee lig­a­ment in­jury.

Van Dijk, a cen­tre­back who is com­fort­able on the ball, is on Guardi­ola’s radar.

But the 6ft 4in Hol­land in­ter­na­tional, 25, has also been strongly linked with Liver­pool and Manch­ester United.

Liver­pool have signed so many play­ers from Southamp­ton – Nathaniel Clyne, De­jan Lovren, Adam Lal­lana and Sa­dio Mane – that the joke on Mersey­side is that the Saints are now their nurs­ery club.

Van Dijk signed a five-year con­tract when he moved to Southamp­ton from Celtic last year for £13 mil­lion (RM72m).

But it is now clear that, de­spite that deal, the Saints face a fight to keep him.

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