Arsenal have reportedly joined Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in the race to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
According to The Sun, Arsene Wenger’s side have an interest in the Dutch defender who looked close to a move to Anfield earlier this summer.
The report claims Arsenal are keen to strengthen in central defence with Per Mertesacker set to retire at the end of the season and amid doubts over Laurent Koscielny’s long-term fitness.
However, Van Dijk has emerged as one of the most wanted centre-backs in Europe after a superb season last time out that has attracted interest from the Premier League’s top sides.
Arsenal do not have Champions League football to offer, unlike the other three clubs, while Southampton are reluctant to sell the 26-year-old.
The club do have other options including Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel and Rob Holding, who impressed towards the end of last season, while Calum Chambers has returned to the club after a loan spell with Middlesbrough.
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Landing Van Dijk would be a brilliant signing, but it does look a tough one to pull off at the moment, and Arsenal’s priorities also appear to lie further up the field at the moment.