Manchester City are ready to turn their transfer attention to Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk if their current defensive woes continue, according to The Telegraph.

Pep Guardiola’s side started the season in fine fashion but inconsistency has crept in over recent weeks and the Premier League title hopefuls have looked vulnerable at the back.

City skipper Vincent Kompany continues to suffer from long-term injury worries and this has led to the Manchester outfit looking less than secure in their rearguard.

The report suggests that Guardiola is reluctant to splash the cash mid-season but could be tempted into a deal for Van Dijk if the Etihad Stadium club continue to leak goals.

The Netherlands international has impressed in the Premier League since moving to Southampton from Celtic last summer, with rumblings in the press that a host of leading English sides are keeping tracks on the centre-half.

The report states that the south coast club are reluctant to part company with Van Dijk but have put a £40 million price-tag on his head.

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