Van Dijk is set to be the most in-demand player in the Premier League this summer, with a host of England’s top clubs all queuing up to sign the centre-back.
Though he has been sidelined for half the season, Van Dijk has proved himself one of the best defensive talents in Europe since his move from Celtic in 2015.
Southampton are looking to secure a £50 million deal to part ways with their captain this summer, and Liverpool are among the clubs willing to pay up.
They claim that Van Dijk is “eager to work” with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager and “will resist all other offers if Guardiola comes calling.”
The report cites “sources close to the 25-year-old,” while also listing Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci and Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte as other options for City.
While it is likely City hold an interest in Van Dijk, that these claims have emerged from Manchester is telling.
For example, the Liverpool Echo claimed earlier April that the Toffees “hope the prospect of linking up with [Ronald] Koeman for a second time could help them” in their efforts.
It is difficult to predict where Van Dijk will end up come the start of 2017/18, though the Reds’ hopes are no hindered by widespread interest.
But it would be remiss to take the word of one publication as gospel at this stage—as there is a long way to go before the transfer window opens on July 1.