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Jamie Carragher: Chelsea should get this £40m player in January | Total bargain


Carragher has been very impressed by what he has seen from Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk

Jamie also  says he would not be surprised to see the 25-year-old slapped with a big transfer fee next month.

Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Carragher said: “The transfer window will soon be open and Virgil van Dijk looks destined to become the dominant figure next month.

“He really impressed me during his first season in England with Southampton and I was surprised that Ronald Koeman did not take the Holland international with him when he became Everton’s manager. With John Stones leaving, Van Dijk (right) looked like an ideal replacement.

‘Since then, though, Van Dijk’s performances have gone up another level, to the extent that Manchester City are leading the chase for his signature and Chelsea are also watching events. Southampton look like they know it will be hard to keep him at St Mary’s.

“If and when he moves, Southampton will be looking for a fee in the region of £40m — maybe even more — for Van Dijk, 25. That is fair enough because that is the going rate for top-class central defenders.

“Van Dijk belongs in that category because he is as good off the ball as he is on it; he’s powerful, composed and durable — he’s barely missed a game since he has been on the south coast. He has a big future in front of him.”

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