Soccer Props: What Club Will Virgil Van Djik be Playing For After The Summer Transfer Window?
Where Will Virgil van Djik Play in 2017-2018?
Virgil van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic in 2015 for a fee in the region of £13 million. After making 34 appearances in the league during his debut season, van Dijk became a fans’ favorite due to his tenacious tackling and his composure on the ball. Van Dijk may have signed a new six-year contract in May 2016, but that has not deterred some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs touting up the Saints and pondering bids for the 1.93m tall Dutchman.
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TopBet believe that Liverpool is the most likely destination for van Dijk and that a move before the start of the new Premier League season is imminent. Liverpool were forced to cool their interest in van Dijk after it became public knowledge that there were pursuing the defender, something the Saints said was unsettling their star man and they were set to make an official complaint on the ground of Liverpool making an illegal approach for him. Recent reports in the British press suggest Liverpool could be set to come back in, officially, for van Dijk.
Manchester City are another team heavily linked with the 26-year-old Southampton defender, although the blue half of Manchester has just spent £50 million securing the services of right-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur. Pep Guardiola could see van Dijk as the perfect replacement for Club captain Vincent Kompany who is a tremendous player, but one whose last couple of years have been blighted with injuries.
When van Dijk learned of Liverpool’s interest in him, it was reported in the newspapers that van Dijk said he would prefer to play for the Merseyside club than anywhere else.
This would lead you to believe he was on his way to Anfield, however, Chelsea are now reportedly interested in adding van Dijk to their squad and being able to play in a defence as solid as Chelsea’s could tempt van Dijk to head to London, which makes putting a couple of dollars on the +5000 “any other team” betting line worthwhile. Personally, I can see van Dijk switching clubs, but my money would be on him being a Southampton player when the first ball is kicked in the 2017-18 Premier League season, something that you will find +175 odds for.
Best English Premier League Future Prospects
The Premier League is awash with talented youngsters who are ready to take their chance when they step into the limelight this season.
One such player is one of van Dijk’s fellow Dutchman, a certain Nathan Ake. Only 22-years-old, Ake made a mere seven appearances in five years with Chelsea and was farmed out on loan to Reading and Watford. Last season, Ake played 10 times for Bournemouth and did enough to secure the promising defender a £20 million transfer to the south coast club.
Perhaps the most exciting Premier League prospect is Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian is only 20-years of age yet has already made almost 100 league appearances, although 83 of those were for Palmeiras in his native Brazil.
Jesus has pace, strength and a deadly eye for goal, one that saw him score seven goals in 10 games for Manchester City last season before a broken foot ended saw his appearances limited. Jesus has already been capped seven times for the Brazil national team and has five goals to his name.
Another player to keep an eye on is the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks. The now 20-year-old made his Premier League debut last season when he replaced Christian Eriksen in the last minute of a 1-1 home draw against Liverpool. Since then, he has played 21 league games for Spurs and averaged 68 passes per 90-minutes, more than any of his team mates.
Winks may not be as physical as fellow Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele but he is a cultured midfielder and one who could easily marshall the Spurs midfield for years to come.
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