All four clubs are keen on signing the Southampton defender, who himself has made clear he would relish an opportunity to move to a bigger club.
During the summer he handed in a transfer request amid strong interest from Liverpool, however Southampton refused to budge and he remained at St Mary’s.
How long he continues to remain there is at the behest of Southampton’s owners, with manager Mauricio Pellegrino admitting he has little sway.
‘I will repeat that I can’t control the market,’ he said in the aftermath of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
‘I’m not the owner of the player. I can have my opinion and this I have given to the technical director, to the chairman.
‘After, the board can decide all together which is the best for the team.’
The comments will give Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City hope that a deal can be reached for the Netherlands international.
Chelsea have held an interest in Van Dijk for some time and with questions over the future of David Luiz, the 26-year-old could settle the Blues’ back-line.
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Arsene Wenger is reportedly weighing up a bid, with the need for more defensive solidity at Arsenal obvious. It’s a similar situation at Liverpool who have shown themselves the most determined of Van Dijk’s suitors.
Pep Guardiola wants another option at centre-back having failed to land one over the summer, although with Van Dijk valued in the region of £70million, he would be an expensive option for a player who is not guaranteed to start.
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