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Steve Nicol expresses concern Virgil Van Dijk would go the way of Dejan Lovren if he left Southampton for Liverpool.

Wednesday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…

LIVERPOOL: Southampton have asked the Premier League to investigate an alleged illegal approach from Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk, Press Association Sport reports.

– Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that he was confronted by Daniel Sturridge over his criticism of the striker.

REAL MADRID: Colombia national team manager Jose Pekerman believes that sometimes “great talents” like James Rodriguez don’t fit in with certain clubs because of a difference in style and a lack of understanding.

– Departing Real Madrid defender Pepe has said he is unhappy with the way he was treated in his final months at the club.

ARSENAL: Arsenal have announced the signing of left-back Sead Kolasinac from Schalke on a long-term contract.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe to join a club where he is guaranteed to play and hailed him as a future Ballon d’Or candidate, fuelling speculation that the Gunners are preparing a record-breaking bid for the striker.

MONACO: Monaco owner Dmitiri Rybolovlev has told France Football the French champions want to keep hold of Kylian Mbappe but that it is “the player who’ll decide” his future.

EVERTON: Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has told Sky Sports he and his agent “have an agreement” with another club, adding that he intends to remain in the Premier League.

BARCELONA: Gerard Pique has told Movistar the day people see Barcelona “on a victory parade for winning the Copa del Rey” would be the moment to conclude that Real Madrid “have entered a dominant cycle.”

GERMANY: Joshua Kimmich’s spectacular overhead kick secured Germany a late 1-1 draw in their friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen.

ENGLAND: Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker may be battling for the same shirt with Tottenham and England but there is no tension between the pair, who were happy to share a tent on the Three Lions’ military boot camp.

MAN UNITED: The Red Devils have been named the world’s most valuable football club by Forbes for the first time in five years.

BOURNEMOUTH: Jermain Defoe has confirmed his move to Bournemouth is all but finished, telling BBC Radio the transfer from Sunderland will be completed in July.

TURKEY: Arda Turan has announced his retirement from international football after clashing with a journalist while flying back from Turkey’s goalless draw with Macedonia on Monday.

DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund have appointed Peter Bosz as their new head coach, a week after the departure of Thomas Tuchel.

BAYERN MUNICH:  German champions Bayern Munich have defended their close ties to Qatar, insisting the growing diplomatic crisis between the 2022 World Cup host and its neighbours is a matter for the German government.

MLS: Orlando City SC is condemning a social media post that targeted a Major League Soccer referee.

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