Juventus Interested In Signing Southampton's Virgil van Dijk In January

Yolanda Curtis
September 12, 2017

After eight months out through injury and an entire summer of speculation about his future, Virgil van Dijk made an unimpressive return to action for Southampton on Monday night.

Van Dijk will continue to train with the first-team this week but Saints boss Pellegrini has provided no indication as to whether the club captain will be in contention for the Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday [16 September].

Journalist and broadcaster Ian McCarry, who has worked extensively for the BBC, Daily Mail and the Sun, claimed on the Transfer Window Podcast that the Merseyside giants are well placed to prise £55million-valued Van Dijk from Southampton in the winter window.

"I think the investment in Southampton had a negative effect from Van Dijk's point of view".

Van Dijk returned to first-team training last week having been ordered to train on his own back in July by manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

They include Chelsea and Italian champions Juventus, who are both said to be tracking the player, and there are likely to be many more between now and the transfer window re-opening again.

And while keeping van Dijk seemed essential at the start of the window, some of the fans appear to be willing to see him leave if his display was an indicator of how unhappy he is - though it must be remembered that it was his first game back. "It depends on the player [when he returns]".

The Dutchman saw a move away from St Mary's fail to materialise in the summer as Saints decided they did not need the money and chose to keep hold of the player against his wishes.

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