Confirmed by BBC – Arsenal target hand in transfer request to force move

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Arsenal have been handed a massive boost in their bid to complete the signing of star man Virgil van Dijk, according to BBC.

Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request and says he is “insulted” at suggestions he refused to train.

The Netherlands centre-back, 26, is wanted by a number of clubs and had said he wanted to move to Liverpool.

In July, Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino said that he ordered the Dutchman to train alone.

“I would like Southampton to consider the interest in me from top clubs should it still exist,” Van Dijk said.

“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.

“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 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.

“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.”

Van Dijk said he handed in the request after claiming Southampton were about to fine him two weeks wages.

“I had very much hoped to retain the good relationship I’ve always enjoyed with everyone at the club, especially the fans, but unfortunately in light of everything that’s happened this has now been seriously affected.”

The former Celtic player has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool this summer as well as attracting interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

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