Van Dijk In London: Arsenal To Challenge Chelsea With Bid To Usurp Liverpool Advances

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After weeks of speculation surrounding a proposed move to Liverpool, Southampton star Virgil van Dijk is in London and reportedly weighing up a potential switch to Arsenal.

The Dutch centre-back, 26, has also been linked with Chelsea following the breakdown in talks with Liverpool. As per, the former Celtic star has been spotted in the capital and is eager to force through a deal at the earliest stage possible despite Southampton’s reluctance to sell. With a St Mary’s departure looking inevitable, Arsene Wenger is believed to be ready to swoop.

Van Dijk’s name has been touted as a potential summer target for some weeks, and a poor defensive display in the Premier League opener against Leicester City may encourage the Gunners to fire a signal of intent by parting with what would be a world record fee for a defender.

It’s a move that would certainly go down well with the Emirates faithful, who have been calling out for defensive reinforcements due to the inexperience of Rob Holding and ageing legs of Per Mertesacker. Meanwhile, Dutch experts at believe that the 6ft 4in star’s natural physique, pace, and aggressive pressing would make him a perfect addition to offer some much needed brute force to an often weak backline.

Moreover, two seasons of Premier League football should stand the defender in good stead as any Arsenal recruit in those areas of the pitch will be required to hit the ground running. While questions remain over his ability to step up the the very top level, the Dutchman has shown positive signs at club level and on the international arena. With the player just entering what should be his peak years, along with the club’s absence from European club football’s elite competition, this transfer would seem to be the perfect time to strike.

Wenger has vowed to spend when the right players are available while the guarantee of a starting berth may just swing the battle with Chelsea in Arsenal’s favour too. With the player currently in London, an announcement could be imminent.

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