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Virgil van Dijk and Inigo Martinez in Premier League leaders' sights

Conte believes he deserves more respect amid speculation Carlo Ancelotti could return Conte believes he deserves more respect amid speculation Carlo Ancelotti could return
Noah Ferguson | 16 December, 2017, 07:43

Van Dijk looked all set to move to Liverpool in the summer for around £60million before Southampton blocked the deal and threatened to report Liverpool to the Premier League over an illegal approach for the player.

Van Dijk was on Liverpool's radar during the summer, but a bid from the Anfield side was knocked back and the Dutch worldwide ended up staying at St Mary's. Virgil Van Dijk is clearly a hugely talented player who would improve nearly any team on the planet but £70 million is a lot of money for a centre-back.

Liverpool have rarely been far away from the headlines whenever the defender's future has come up, but Goal.com now claim that he is a "preferred option" for City as they look to strengthen at the back ahead of the crucial second half of the season.

Whether the Saints would be willing to do business with Liverpool could yet remain an issue that hands other interested parties a potential advantage.

The Man City boss is still scouring Europe for defensive cover and has convinced sporting director Txiki Begiristain and CEO Ferran Soriano that the injuries to Vincent Kompany and John Stones have left them short.

The Sociedad star, also 26, fits the profile of centre-back manager Pep Guardiola favours as he's composed on the ball and comfortable distributing it out from the back.

If van Dijk does join City, the Hoops could earn up to £7 million thanks to the sell-on clause included in his £10 million move to Southampton.

Specifically for City, Martinez would is also available for the Champions League this season.

The Blues have subsequently made a new centre-back their top priority, and are now weighing up the merits of both Van Dijk and Martinez.

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