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29 June 2017

Virgil van Dijk suitors Liverpool and Chelsea told by Southampton to back off with Juventus warned over Cedric Soares

SOUTHAMPTON have warned Chelsea and Liverpool that Virgil van Dijk is not for sale this summer.

The Dutch centre-back has been strongly linked with a St Mary’s exit despite the arrival of new boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

Southampton have issued a hands-off warning over Virgil van Dijk
Southampton have issued a hands-off warning over Virgil van Dijk
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The centre-back is wanted by Liverpool and Chelsea
The centre-back is wanted by Liverpool and Chelsea
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Van Dijk is believed to have his sights set on a move to Anfield, even though Liverpool publicly withdrew their interest after allegations of illegal tapping-up.

But the Reds remain interested, while Premier League champions Chelsea would like to add the ex-Celtic ace to their star-studded roster.

Meanwhile, right-back Cedric Soares is a target for Juventus and Barcelona, but Southampton insist neither player will be allowed to leave.

Executive director Les Reed told Sky Sports News: “None of those players are for sale. I can’t make it any plainer than that and that’s the way we mean to go forward.

“We built this squad over some time and think we have a strong squad. We will fine-tune it but, other than that, we are looking forward to a very competitive season and we plan to go forward on that basis.

“There may be players that go on the basis it is the right thing for them and the club at that given time.


Cedric Soares is another player Southampton want to keep
Cedric Soares is another player Southampton want to keep
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Juventus and Barcelona have both been linked with the right-back
Juventus and Barcelona have both been linked with the right-back
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“There may be players that go on the basis it is the right thing for them and the club at that given time.

“But we don’t expect that to be wholesale and this is simply doing sound business in the transfer window.”



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