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According to a report in The Sun, Arsenal are now the front runners to sign £60m-rated Virgil van Dijk with Southampton keen to have Theo Walcott in part-exchange for the defender.
Van Dijk has been pushing to leave the Saints all summer and has been training on his own after handing in a formal transfer request at the start of the month.
Fan Dean Coombes suggested that a private jet arrived at Liverpool John Lennon Airport from Bournemouth, with what was believed to be a Liverpool club car on hand to pick the passenger or passengers up. Fans then rushed to a flight-tracking site to back this up.
However, that hasn’t deterred Arsene Wenger from trying his luck as The Sun reported last week that the boss had met with van Dijk and his agent to discuss a potential move to the Emirates.
The newspaper is now reporting today that Arsenal appears to be the new leaders in the race as Southampton are ready to do business for the £60m centre-back if Walcott is included in any deal.