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Southampton name their price for Virgil van Dijk, with three teams set to swoop for him

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This season has been something of a horror show for Virgil van Dijk and Southampton.

The Saints have won just twice in their last 12 games in the Premier League, and none in their last seven to leave them embroiled in a relegation dogfight, and van Dijk has failed to make the last two matchday squads.

Mauricio Pellegrino's men are 14th and just two points above the drop-zone, with two teams below them holding a game in hand on them.

It is a far cry from the 8th-placed finish they secured last term, and not to forget the League Cup final they reached, in which a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic header broke Saints' hearts against Manchester United.

Salt has been rubbed into their wounds too, given how Claude Puel has got Leicester firing since replacing Craig Shakespeare, after his football was deemed too boring and was subsequently sacked at St. Mary's.

But Southampton must be wishing they'd kept the former Lyon manager, with travelling supporters at Wembley today calling for Pellegrino's head after a crushing 5-2 defeat to Spurs.

Virgil van Dijk was absent again, and it seems like the club made another mistake in not selling him in the summer.

The Dutchman was so desperate to leave he posted a message on Twitter showing his frustration, yet Southampton held firm in an act of stubbornness.

And now Southampton appear to have realised the error of their ways, as the Mirror report they are resigned to losing him, partly for the sake of the squad, and have set an asking price of £70m for him.

That would be a world-record fee for a defender, smashing the £52m Manchester City paid Monaco for Benjamin Mendy during the summer.

The Mirror believe that three clubs are interested in signing van Dijk, which strengthens the Saints' belief that they can recoup a figure of that size.

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Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all want to add him to their ranks, with the latter's public apology over their pursuit of van Dijk in the summer not deterring them from going back in for him.

City are willing to pay up to £60m, while Liverpool had a £65m offer rejected in the summer, but the Dutchman's form and his absence from the Southampton side is likely to put them off the £70m they've been quoted.

Pellegrino admitted after the defeat at Spurs today that van Dijk could leave, as he needs to do what's best for the team.

"I have to decide what’s best for the team and around Virgil, there has been a lot of speculation," he started.

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"The manager decides what is the best. We win, draw and lose, with and without Virgil. We have to wait until January. I can’t control the market so we’ll see what happens.

"We tried to do the best for the team. The board decided to try to keep our best player at the club. This situation is a big learning curve for everybody and now we decide what is the best for the club."

It seems as though a fresh transfer saga concerning van Dijk is set to hot-up, as the January transfer window approaches.

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