Arsenal plot £45m defender swoop to complete defensive line

Arsenal plot £45m defender swoop to complete defensive line

Arsenal are eyeing moves for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk as Arsene Wenger aims to turn the Gunners into title contenders.

VIRGIL VAN DIJK could still become a £60million Liverpool player this summer after insisting he will only move to Anfield.

Nacho Monreal has played centrally and impressed but may be required on the left if Kieran Gibbs leaves, whilst Per Mertesacker remains an option but is confirmed to be retiring at the end of the current season- and Van Dijk would be a top-class successor.

Liverpool’s interest in him is nothing new, although given that they were forced to publicly apologise to Southampton after their approach for the Dutch worldwide previously which resulted in the Saints lodging a formal complaint against them with the Premier League, it looked as though the pursuit was over.

Arsenal are looking to rebuild this summer after a poor season, which saw them miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 20 years.

On Saturday, a video was shared around Liverpool fans of Van Dijk reportedly “smiling” when an Albanian Reds fan told him to switch to Anfield.

The Daily Express say the French boss is wary of the speculation over Alexis Sanchez’s head after he conceded his future may be away from the Emirates.

The 26-year-old seemed to be close to a move to Anfield last month but the move fell through after Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach.