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Arsenal are considering a bid for £45m defender

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/07/2017

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly considering a £45 million bid for Southampton in-demand centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

.The Dutch International joined Southampton from Scottish Champion Celtic in the summer of 2015 and has scored seven times in 68 appearances for the Saints since his arrival from Scotland.

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Liverpool has been credited with a long-standing interest for the Southampton skipper while Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City have also been mentioned in the same breath as the highly-rated defender.

 According to The Express, Arsenal will launch a £45m bid this week as head coach Arsene Wenger looks to boost his options in central defense.

But Southampton is said to be demanding £60m for-demand  center half Van Dijk,

The 27-year-old Van Dijk who is widely tipped to leave Saint Mary Stadium in this transfer window missed the last four months of the 2016-17 campaign with an ankle injury.