Southampton manager Claude Puel has denied defender Virgil van Dijk has a £25m buyout clause ahead of the forthcoming January transfer window, according to the Daily Echo.
The Premier League side, who have climbed up to tenth spot in the English top-flight standings after defeating newly promoted Middlesbrough 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday, are expected to receive interest from the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United for the in-form Netherlands international during the forthcoming January transfer window.
The 25-year-old, who has 12 international caps for his country, has scored two goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for the Saints so far this season.
Van Dijk, who arrived at St Mary’s from Celtic back in September 2015, was understood to have a £25m buyout clause ahead of the New Year market, but boss Puel has dismissed this is the case.
“It’s not true,” he said.
“After the other thing is just speculation.”