Official: Arsenal complete £50m deal for Shkodran Mustafi’s replacement

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According to a report in The Sun, Arsenal have met with Virgil van Dijk and his agent to discuss a possible £50m move from Southampton before the transfer window slams shut next week.

Van Dijk has been pushing to leave the Saint all summer and has been training on his own after handing in a formal transfer request at the start of the month.

The Dutch international was strongly linked with a move to Liverpool during the early parts of the summer but that move was derailed when Southampton reported them to the Premier League for tapping-up.

Chelsea have also been tipped to launch a move for van Dijk if Southampton chance their stance and agree to sell the centre-back but it looks as though Arsenal have also joined the chase for his signature.

The Sun are citing Fox Sports News journalist James Dodd as saying that Arsenal chiefs have met with van Dijk and his agent in recent days to discuss a potential move to the Emirates.

However, the newspaper suggests that Liverpool and Chelsea remain keen to sign the 26-year-old and it would take a figure of at least £50m to tempt Southampton in to a deal.

For me, this would be a no-brainer if we could lure van Dijk to north London as he’s exactly the type of player we need right now and he’d improve our team HUGELY.

These rumours come amid speculation linking Shkodran Mustafi with a move to Inter Milan so perhaps Wenger is hoping to offload the German international and bring in van Dijk as his replacement.

However, I’m not getting my hopes up as we can’t offer him Champions League football and rumour has it he has his heart set on a move to Anfield.

Southampton have also been digging their heels in and refusing to sell – although they did recently sign centre-back Wesley Hoedt from Lazio so they could be preparing for van Dijk’s exit.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens over the coming days but as much as I’d love to see us sign van Dijk, I personally don’t think there’s a cat in hell’s chance it will happen.

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