Manchester City are refusing to be held to ransom by Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk.
That’s according to an article by Manchester Evening News, in which they claim that Pep Guardiola has made the Dutchman his top January target.
The Spaniard has decided that his priority is to bring a new centre-back into his squad next month and has reportedly identified the Holland international as his choice.
But Southampton are likely to demand a huge fee to let the twenty-six year old go halfway through the season and that could see Guardiola revert to one of his other defensive options.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains very keen on bringing the former Celtic man to Anfield after failing with a move back in the Summer.
Van Dijk agreed to move to Anfield after allegedly meeting with the German in Blackpool at the end of last season and went on to hand in a transfer request in order to force the transfer.
But Southampton refused to allow him to leave after making a complaint to the Premier League over what they considered an illegal approach for their star man.
It all meant that the defender was not able to leave to join anyone and has ended up remaining a part of the squad at the south coast and he does not appear happy about it.
The opportunity to join either City or Liverpool is likely to strongly appeal to Van Dijk and the race is on to get a deal done next month.