However, while a move never materialized for the Dutchman, things could be different in the winter window, especially as it now looks like Barcelona have also entered the race to sign him.
Despite not being able to sign a centre-back, Manchester City have not lost a single game in the league this season and comfortably occupy the first place on the points table.
However, while it may have been tough to convince Southampton to let their star go, things don't look good for Virgil Van Dijk over at Saint Mary's Stadium. But the new boss has simply put it down to picking the best squad. I am responsible for picking 11 players, and I intend to pick the best for the team.More news: Japan unveils record defence budget against North Korea threat
While £70m is a lot of money for one player, it's small change in modern Premier League clubs and the reality is that Liverpool will probably collect £120m from selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona next summer, so this is effectively investing money that will arrive later in 2018.
Southampton will allow Virgil van Dijk to leave the club in January, with Manchester City and Chelsea battling it out for his signature, but they will demand a £70million fee for the Dutch centre-half.
Spurs welcome Southampton to White Hart Lane this afternoon and get a bumper day of Premier League action underway. City have already tried and failed to complete a deal for Jonny Evans in the summer but Guardiola believes Van Dijk has the quality to become an important long-standing addition as the club chase a Premier League and Champions League double.