Arsenal enter race to sign £70m-rated sturdy defender- Mertersacker replacement

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Arsenal are said to be monitoring Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk. The Southampton defender has been a source of transfer speculations since Liverpool and Manchester United showed interest in his signature last summer.

According to The Times, Arsenal are weighing up on a move for the tough-tackling Dutch centre-back in January.

Van Dijk is reportedly valued at £70million by the Saints, this means that any club who are interested in the player must be ready to spend nothing less than the price tag by the Saints.

Van Dijk was believed to be joining Liverpool during last summer transfer window but the deal collapsed as a result of Liverpool’s illegal transfer negotiation with the player which eventually saw them apologised.

The Merseyside club are also ready to confirm his signature in January as Jurgen Klopp wants to improve his defence line.

Manchester United are also in the race to sign the Dutch international, Mourinho is looking towards the player’s direction as he looks to strengthen his squad.

The Gunners have been facing a great challenge to keep their experience players with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are certainly leaving the Emirates Stadium as they failed to renew their contracts which will expire in the next six months.

Jack Wilshere, Per Mertesacker, Theo Walcott are all reportedly moving out of the club when their contract with Arsenal expire in search of Regular playing time

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