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Arsenal have become the latest top Premier League club linked with a move for Southampton star Virgil van Dijk, joining Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton on the list of suitors.

According to John Cross of the Daily Mirror, the Blues remain the favourites to land the Dutchman but Gunners manager Arsene Wenger wants to “hijack” the move.

Per the report, Wenger’s experiment with a back three against Middlesbrough on Monday was not a one-time thing, as the Frenchman is open to using the hip formation more often. For that, he’ll need another quality centre-back, and Arsenal have already inquired about Van Dijk.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14:  Virgil van Dijk of Southampton controls the ball in the box during the Premier League match between Burnley and Southampton at Turf Moor on January 14, 2017 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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The former Celtic man is one of the hottest names on the transfer market after impressing on the south coast. The 25-year-old’s strong form has led to persistent transfer rumours, with Chelsea and Manchester City linked most often.

Liverpool have been mentioned quite a lot of late, and Reds blogger Leanne Prescott welcomed the rumours:


Van Dijk is blessed with size, athleticism and solid vision—traits he’s put to good use for Saints. He feels comfortable with the ball at his feet and can be a force in the air, and he rarely gets rattled.

His positioning has gotten consistently better over the past three years, and it is at the level where he often doesn’t even have to make the tackle. Here’s a look at some of his highlights during international duty:

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