Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is reportedly one of Antonio Conte’s key transfer targets this summer but the Blues might have to look elsewhere after Southampton insisted the 25-year-old isn’t for sale.
“None of those players are for sale. I can’t make it any plainer than that and that’s the way we mean to go forward,” Southampton’s executive director Les Reed told Sky Sports via Metro UK.
“We built this squad over some time and think we have a strong squad. We will fine-tune it but other than that, we are looking forward to a very competitive season and we plan to go forward on that basis.
“There may be players that go on the basis it is the right thing for them and the club at that given time but we don’t expect that to be wholesale and this is simply doing sound business in the transfer window.
“We track players over years and when the new manager comes in like Mauricio, we take him through that process. He’d done his homework on our squad and we don’t believe we have to turn over players every year just to freshen things up.
“We’ve got a strong squad now and it would be about adding players bringing more value and power. It’s not broken so there is no need to bring in players just because of fashion or to get people excited in the transfer market.”