Is Liverpool target van Dijk off to Man City?
It’s now looking likely that our main target Virgil van Dijk could be on his way to Manchester City. According to the Mirror they are set to beat Chelsea and us to the signing of the Southampton central-defender.
According to Football365.com Virgil van Dijk is reported to have been impressed with Jurgen Klopp’s vision at Liverpool, but has opted to join Manchester City with the capacity to earn over £200k per week!
With a potential five-year deal, far surpassing the proposals of both Chelsea and Liverpool. The in-demand centre-back is reportedly set to agree terms with City in what will be a £60m deal in the upcoming transfer window.
The Dutchman has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, and was believed to be impressed by Jurgen Klopp’s vision at Liverpool. But he has now reportedly opted to join Pep Guardiola’s side.
Van Dijk, 25, will become the world’s most expensive defender with the move, just ten months after John Stones record £50m transfer to City from Everton. Giving Southampton a massive £49m profit after joining in an £11.5m deal from Celtic two years ago.
His arrival at the Etihad would be another sign of intent for City as they look to significantly strengthen their defence following last season’s struggles at the back. Whilst Liverpool can compete with the finances of raising the £60m transfer fee, the final hurdle is always going to be the wages that a £60m player demands.
Should Liverpool smash their structure to get their no.1 target? Some would say yes! In order for us to move forward we need more players if this calibre. But where would that leave us with Coutinho, Lallana, Henderson, Mané, Firmino and Matip? Surely they would be entitled to similar pay rises? This is the bigger issue. Are we competing with our hands tied, or just working in a different market?