Premier League giants Manchester City are reportedly planning to rival Liverpool in securing the services of Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
Manchester City were believed to be interested in signing of Dutch international centre-back during the summer transfer window. However, players favoured destination was believed to be a Liverpool.
No deal materialised for the Merseyside Reds, though, and the Mirror claims that Jurgen Klopp’s side will again face opposition for his signature during the January transfer window after City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that he would try to strengthen defensive options in Winter.
Only Man Utd have conceded fewer goals than Manchester City this campaign, although the Premier League favourites will have to cope without John Stones who has been ruled out for six weeks.
“We’re going to discuss when January is coming. We are going to think about it, but not because John is in that position,” Guardiola told reporters.
“To play in all the competitions, you need a bigger squad because the players don’t have time for regeneration before the next game.”
Van Dijk has made seven appearances for the Saints this far but expected to leave them in January when the transfer window will be re-opened.