RUMOURS: Man City plan £50m Van Dijk bid but face PSG competition

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Ligue 1 champions PSG are interested in signing Southampton central defender Virgil Van Dijk, according to our colleagues at L'Équipe.

Manchester City have kept just three clean sheets in 17 league games, and the City boss Pep Guardiola keen to strengthen his back line next month.

The same report claims that "discreet talks" have already taken place between the two clubs as Man City look to bring the Netherlands global to the Etihad in the January transfer window.

Van Dijk, 25, is reportedly aware of City's interest, with Pep Guardiola looking to improve his side's leaky defence.

Southampton are in a strong bargaining position as the Dutchman has stressed he is happy at St Mary's and is tied down to the club until 2022, but City hope a huge bid will convince their Premier League rivals to sell.

Van Dijk, who started his professional career with Dutch outfit Groningen, cost Southampton £13m from Celtic in the summer of 2015.