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Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino considers handing Virgil van Dijk first start in eight months against Manchester United

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is considering thrusting Virgil van Dijk into his starting line-up in an attempt to shackle free-scoring Manchester United. Holland defender Van Dijk has not started a game for eight months after suffering a serious foot injury in January and then handing in a transfer request during the summer. The 26-year-old made his first-team return as a substitute in the 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace last weekend and could now be called upon on Saturday to help nullify a United side which has hit 16 goals in…

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, August 30: Coutinho to seal Barcelona move, Van Dijk still wants Liverpool switch, Chelsea plot triple swoop

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers… According to reports, Barcelona will finally seal a deal to sign the Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool this week, with the transfer fee rising to a potential €160million (£148m). (Yahoo Sports) Chelsea have made a £25million bid for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley – FULL STORY HERE The Premier League champions are offering £35m for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater and £15m for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente. (Daily Mail) Chelsea rebel Diego Costa is being eyed for Las Palmas on loan until Atletico…

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Virgil van Dijk: Southampton defender 'not for sale', says chairman

Media playback is not supported on this device Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk is “not for sale”, according to club chairman Ralph Krueger. The Netherlands centre-back, 26, handed in a transfer request last week and it is understood he wanted to move to Premier League rivals Liverpool. “Virgil is not for sale this window – it’s not personal,” Krueger said of Van Dijk, who joined from Celtic in 2015. Southampton are also considering a move for Lazio’s Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt for a reported £15m fee. BBC Sport understands the…

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Chelsea in £50million bid to hijack Liverpool's move for wantaway Southampton rebel Virgil Van Dijk

Van Dijk has put in a transfer request to force a move away from Southampton Monday, August 14, 2017 Chelsea want to hijack Liverpool’s move for Virgil van Dijk with a £50million bid for the Southampton captain. The Holland international handed in a transfer request last week following weeks of speculation about his future. Liverpool had been expected to complete a deal for Van Dijk, but backed off over allegations tapping-up. And Blues boss Antonio Conte now hopes to make his move this week, according to The Mirror. Jurgen Klopp…

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, August 14: Barcelona plot ANOTHER bid for Coutinho, Chelsea target Van Dijk, Tottenham's late spending spree

Transfer rumours and paper review Monday, August 14, 2017 talkSPORT bring you all the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers… Barcelona will reportedly return with a £137million bid for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, despite the player having his transfer request rejected. (The Sun) Chelsea are hoping to beat Liverpool to the signing of Virgil van Dijk, and are said to be preparing a £50million bid for wantaway Southampton defender. (Daily Mirror) Tottenham are pushing to add to their squad before the end of the transfer window, with Lazio forward…

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, July 17: Van Dijk may force through Liverpool switch, Chelsea preparing Aguero bid, Arsenal join race for Morata?

Transfer rumours and paper review Monday, July 17, 2017 bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers… Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is considering handing in a transfer request in an effort to force through a move to Liverpool. (The Sun) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also keen on signing the Dutch centre-back this summer. (Daily Express) The Gunners are also ready to join the hunt for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata – if Alexis Sanchez quits the club. (The Sun) Chelsea are preparing…

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