SOUTHAMPTON boss Claude Puel has denied Virgil van Dijk has a £25million buyout clause in his contract and has reportedly slapped a £40m price tag on his head.
The Southampton defender has attracted interest from some of the Premier League’s top clubs after a string of impressive performances.
Liverpool, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs are monitoring his situation while considering a January move.
The 25-year-old joined Southampton from Celtic in 2015 but, when asked about a £25m buyout in the six-year deal van Dijk penned in the summer, Puel said: “It is not true.
“After this I will make no comment about speculation, just to say that Virgil is an important player for the team. For me it’s not a possibility to see him leave.”
And the Daily Record report that Van Dijk is keen to join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – but he could cost £40m.
City spent £50m on John Stones in the summer but are still leaking goals.
They were hit for four against Leicester on Saturday and Guardiola is desperate for reinforcements when the transfer window reopens.