The 26-year-old Netherlands worldwide central defender, who is now working his way back to full fitness after suffering a season-ending foot injury against Leicester in January, has been heavily linked with a move away from St Mary’s this summer. But they were forced to apologise to Southampton and dropped their interest in the Dutchman after the south-coast club complained to the Premier League for an “alleged illegal approach”, per the Guardian’s David Hytner.
The classy Dutch star was injured for the second half of last season and at one stage Chelsea looked to have overtaken Liverpool in the race to sign him.
The Daily Express say the French boss is wary of the speculation over Alexis Sanchez’s head after he conceded his future may be away from the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger Arsenal manager before the match between Sydney FC and Arsenal FC at ANZ Stadium on July 13, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
Liverpool had a decent attack last season and so far they have managed to further improve the offense by signing Solanke and Salah.
Southampton would likely prefer to do business with Arsenal rather than Liverpool and may even eye a player in return, with former Saints trio Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Calum Chambers all linked with exits.