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

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

The Saints insist that Van Dijk remains unavailable for transfer but according to Calciomercato, Pellegrino wants Lazio defender Wesley Hoedt as a replacement for their star man.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Virgil van Dijk of Southampton walks off the pitch after sent off during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary's Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Southampton, England.

It appears Southampton are unwilling to budge on Van Dijk, though, despite reports the player would command a world-record £70 million fee for a defender, per Yahoo Sports.

The Netherlands global been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool this summer as well as attracting interest from Premier League champions Chelsea and Manchester City.

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The South Coast club are exhausted of their best players being poached each year and have significantly more financial clout since the Gao family bought an 80 per cent stake of the club for £210million on Monday.

"It's not about him, it's about an overall much bigger picture, a change of course for Southampton".

"Now it is one out and two in, and this is who we want to become".

"That's one player in this whole equation of 25 and it is the visible one".

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'We are very, very adamant about carrying this through. "We've had other examples of that where it was no problem, so I don't see that as a problem".

"It's a situation Virgil has got to deal with himself", Davis told reporters.

Van Dijk has been linked by the British media with several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, who were forced to make a public apology after being accused of making an illegal approach for the player earlier in the transfer window. Plus, Van Dijk agreed a new six-year contract with Saints last summer, so there's no pressure to sell from a financial standpoint.

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