According to The Telegraph, Southampton are resigned to losing Virgil van Dijk in January with Manchester City the favourites to sign the centre-back. 

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The centre-back was once again left out of the Southampton squad for their 5-2 defeat at Tottenham on Tuesday with coach Mauricio Pellegrino now come to terms with Van Dijk leaving in January.

The Telegraph states that Southampton still want £70 million for the Dutch international despite him not playing in their last three matches. Manchester City have reportedly moved ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool in the race to sign the defender, with some reports on Tuesday stating that the Premier League leaders are preparing a £60 million offer.

Speaking after the hammering at Tottenham, Pellegrino said on leaving Van Dijk out, “We have to wait until January. I can’t control the market, so we’ll see what happens.

“I decided it’s best for the team and there has been a lot speculation.

“The manager decides what is the best. We win, draw and lose with and without Virgil. In this squad, I have a lot of players that can play. We are used to changes. We can’t use this performance as an excuse.”

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