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Transfer Rater: Van Dijk to Arsenal

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 By Alex Crook

Van Dijk must win fans back after Liverpool saga ends in stalemate

The ESPN FC crew discuss what the future holds for Virgil van Dijk.

It was the summer-long saga which dominated conversations between Southampton fans and neutral observers alike.

A dark cloud hung over manager Mauricio Pellegrino as he tried to usher in a bright new dawn at the St Mary's Stadium.

In every prematch and postmatch interview, a visibly frustrated Pellegrino and his players were asked to provide a new soundbite on the future of wantaway captain Virgil van Dijk.

Scores of former Liverpool stars lined up to give their views on why the Dutchman would be...

Transfer Rater: Virgil van Dijk to Arsenal, Rafinha to Chelsea

The latest transfer rumours from around the world
The latest transfer rumours from around the world.

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Eliaquim Mangala to Inter Milan

Inter Milan failed to secure the signing of Shkodran Mustafi on deadline day after Arsenal rejected their loan offer. The Serie A side...

Premier League grades so far: Man United get top marks, Arsenal flop

The guys at Exploding Heads take an alternative look at Arsenal's continued demise following their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.
The FC panel respond to your tweets about the transfer deadline, struggles in Manchester and Arsenal's season outlook.
Craig Burley says Arsene Wenger is kidding himself if he thinks he can turn Arsenal around, but the club won't sack him.
After Tottenham's draw against Burnley at Wembley, the FC crew debate whether the London ground is behind Spurs' struggles.

After a breathless opening fortnight, the Premier League now goes on hold to make way for another raft of World Cup qualifiers. So how did your team do? Iain Macintosh grades the entire division.

MANCHESTER UNITED: A+

Perfect. An entirely unblemished record. Admittedly, this entirely unblemished record has been secured against some of the weaker teams in the league, but that's hardly their fault. Besides, if we all insist that the beauty of the Premier League is that, "anyone can beat anyone," then...

Chelsea plan £50m Virgil van Dijk swoop after shock loss in opener

Craig Burley examines whether Chelsea or Liverpool need Virgil van Dijk more and why he has not left Southampton yet.

The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

TOP STORY: Blues poised to wrap up Van Dijk move

After being rocked at home by Burnley on the opening Saturday of the Premier League season, Chelsea will spring into rapid action to reinforce their defence, according to the Mirror.

And you might not be entirely surprised to learn that the player likely to be on his way to Stamford...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2017-18 Premier League season - ESPN FC writer predictions

The FC crew react to Iain Macintosh's full predicted table, from first to 20th, for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The Premier League is back! Which club do our writers think will win the title in 2017-18? Who will finish in the coveted Champions League spots? Which the three clubs will go down? And who will finish as top scorer and player of the year?

Mark Ogden

Top four: 1. Man City 2. Arsenal 3. Man United 4. Liverpool
Relegated: Huddersfield, Southampton, Brighton
Top scorer: Gabriel Jesus
Player of the Year: Paul Pogba

Iain Macintosh

Top four: 1. Man City 2. Man United 3. Tottenham...



 By Alex Crook

Vulgar Van Dijk saga gives Southampton chance to take a stand

The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest developments in the Virgil van Dijk saga.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest developments in the Virgil van Dijk saga.

Allow your mind to fast-forward to New Year's Day, 2018. Southampton are flying high in the Premier League, competing for a Champions League spot and looking down on a jealous Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk, their disgraced former captain, is watching on enviously from the stands, his place in the Netherlands team for the upcoming World Cup in Russia under threat having not kicked a ball in anger all season.

This is the dream scenario for the majority of Southampton fans following the latest...