Juventus will join a long list of Premier League teams in pursuing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to the People (via the Daily Star).
Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are all believed to be interested in the 26 year old, but all three teams stopped short of making a bid in the summer with the Saints having publicly stated that the player would be remaining at St Mary’s.
The club’s stance may have changed in the January transfer window if van Dijk fails to produce on the pitch. The centre half is now training with Southampton’s first team squad again but his level of commitment to the club is still in question after requesting a transfer, and publicly stating his desire to leave.
Juve are said to be searching for a replacement for Leonardo Bonucci, who controversially left for AC Milan in the summer. Although there maybe genuine interest from the Bianconeri in van Dijk, they are unlikely to be able to compete with Chelsea and other Premier League sides due to the defender’s asking price which could be as high as £60m-£70m.