Regardless of what the Southampton board say publicly, until the transfer window shuts, Virgil Van Dijk will be a part of the rumour mill, whether it is regarding a move to Liverpool or somewhere else.

The Saints defender has yet to feature under Mauricio Pellegrino, and that seems to be a trend that will continue until after the international break if he remains at St Mary’s for the rest of the season.

However, the interest in the Dutchman has extended to outside of the United Kingdom, with Juventus in Italy keeping an eye on things from Turin.

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Still searching for a potential replacement for Leonardo Bonucci, the Serie A champions have, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, checked Virgil Van Dijk’s name as a potential, if very expensive, solution.

Their CEO, Beppe Marotta, is the one with the notebook, with the Italian newspaper explaining the Southampton manager could be an alternative to Ezequiel Garay if Valencia prove stubborn with their €15m asking price.

Frankly, if €15m is such a problematic price tag to Juventus, then we’re not sure going for Van Dijk is the best idea, because that would just about get you his right foot in the current market.