TRANSFER RUMOURS: Liverpool appear to have won the race to sign the in-demand defender, who was at also at the top of Chelsea and Man City’s wishlists. Liverpool now are ready and prepared to enter talks with Southampton over a world-record deal to bring Virgil van Dijk to Anfield after he tells Liverpool he prefers move to Anfield this summer!
That is according to Times reporter Paul Joyce, who claims Liverpool are willing to make van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world, with potential fees around £60m!
This is a massive turnaround as only at the weekend there were reports suggesting van Dijk was off to Man City – some stating he was choosing money over football. A fee is yet to be agreed between the two clubs, but van Dijk is keen on moving to Liverpool over Manchester City and Chelsea this summer – clearly very impressed with the project that Jurgen Klopp is working on at Anfield. The story has been dragging on for a while now, as early in May it was reported van Dijk reportedly agreed to join Liverpool.
Sources told ESPN FC on Sunday that Liverpool were willing to match the wages rivals were offering Van Dijk, although personal terms are yet to have been agreed. Liverpool will now attempt to come to an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of the Netherlands international – a fee that could well exceed over £50 million and break Liverpool’s transfer record.
Klopp adding quality
Van Dijk signed a six-year contract with Southampton in May 2016, and chairman Ralph Krueger recently said the club could realistically turn down a £60m bid for him.
It’s great to hear that Virgil van Dijk would prefer a moved to Liverpool, we all know that Klopp is extremely keen on adding a top-quality central defender this summer. Van Dijk has been a prime target for a long time, most of us won’t believe till the famous press conference with him wearing the new Liverpool shirt!
Now who’s next…?