Pellegrino: I can´t control Van Dijk future

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Liverpool emerged as the early front-runners to sign the defender and a deal looked to be on the cards after Van Dijk was exiled from from Southampton squad during pre-season having made it clear he wanted a move to Anfield. Virgil Van Dijk is clearly a hugely talented player who would improve nearly any team on the planet but £70 million is a lot of money for a centre-back.

The club's £70million asking price proved prohibitive, but there was concrete interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Independent.ie understands that Liverpool are considering other defensive targets in the January transfer window, with Southampton in no rush to sell Van Dijk unless a club gets close to their lavish £70m valuation of their star centre-back.

"I will give my opinion to the technical director and after that it is up to board to decide, but it is not with me".

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Arsene Wenger's side have conceded 20 goals in their 17 league games so far, which is the same number as Liverpool but nearly double the figure conceded by leaders Man City, so the north Londoners need to strengthen at the back if they're to be genuine title contenders.

The Netherlands worldwide is again being linked with a move in January, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly interested.

"I can't control the market", said Pellegrino after his side's 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.

"I will repeat that I can't control the market right now". I will recommend to try to keep our best player here at the club. He had a bad injury, but he has recovered very well'.

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