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According to Fox Sport UK producer James Dodd has claimed the Gunners have held discussions with Van Dijk’s representatives over a potential summer transfer.
The Saints have insisted that Van Dijk is not for sale this summer, but the centre-back has demanded a transfer and refused to play.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in the Netherlands international, but Southampton have refused to entertain any bids.
The Saints remain insistent that Van Dijk will not be sold, despite confirming the signing of defender Wesley Hoedt from Lazio.
The wantaway Holland international is not currently training with Southampton’s first-team squad.
Van Dijk penned a new six-year contract in May 2016 but he is now determined to depart from the St Mary’s.
However, the end of the transfer window is looming, so the Gunners will have to act quickly if they wish to complete the deal.
The Dutchman has scored four goals in 55 Premier League appearances for the Saints since joining from Celtic in 2015.