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It is being reported that Van Dijk has been on Arsenal’s radar long before now.
Arsenal are one of the clubs reportedly chasing Van Dijk’s but it is widely thought that we only have an outside chance of signing him.
Liverpool are deemed favorites to sign the defender because they courted him since last season. The Reds were even found guilty of breaching transfer rules and Southampton threatened to report them to the Premier League which forced them to offer a public apology.
It appears Arsenal have also been courting the defender since last season – albeit we didn’t go beyond the rules.
According to 101greatgoals.com via the Daily Cannon, Arsenal met with the defender in May to discuss the possibility of a transfer.
The report claims at the time of the meeting, Van Dijk was keen on a move to Arsenal but had some doubts about it because of the uncertainty that surrounded Wenger’s future at the time.
Arsene Wenger didn’t commit his future to the club until the last week of May, which somewhat delayed our underground transfer works and put doubts in the mind of some of our targets, like Van Dijk.
Van Dijk have since submitted a transfer request at Southampton but the Saints are standing firm on their decision not to sell but Arsenal are believed to be waiting around the corner to make their move should they later decide to cash in on the 26 year old.
The defender’s saga is likely to drag on for a little longer and if Arsenal wants to sign him, it would be ideal we get things wrapped up as soon as possible. However, we will face competition from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City for his signature.
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