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​Pellegrino: World record fee for Southampton defender van Dijk a positive for the club

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino says selling Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for a world record £75m fee for a defender is good business for the Saints and he is talking to the board about how to reinvest the money.

He said: "The deal is done and it will be positive for the club and for Virgil. Now we have to think about the future.

"You have to analyse in a positive way to reinvest this money in our squad to try to be stronger. At Southampton it is impossible to bring in players for £80m or £50m.

"But maybe for us it can mean a couple of good players. Maybe we can change one player for two or three players with this money."

The January transfer window opens on Monday and Pellegrino confirmed he was in discussions with the board about reinvesting the van Dijk money into improving the squad.

He said: "We are talking about the couple of targets that we've got. I would like to bring in a couple of players minimum and we have to work for this."

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