Liverpool have been linked with Virgil van Dijk for a long time now. However the latest twist to the saga is that Southampton have now increased their asking price to deter any interest. After recently being accused of tapping up, Liverpool were made to publicly apologise by Southampton for the part they played in the incident.
Since the public apology, according to the Sunday Express, Southampton have increased their asking price to a staggering £70m. The Saints are determined to keep hold of their prize man this summer, but if they were forced into a sale, it would be on their terms – which means Liverpool would have to fork out the full £70m to lure him to Anfield.
It’s no secret that Klopp is looking to spend big money this summer with Liverpool’s first season in the Champions League imminent. He has already secured the signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma for just under £35m and is also looking to sign Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for around £25m.
However, the £70m for Virgil van Dijk would break the record of money spent on a defender which currently stands at £50m – when John Stones signed for Man City from Everton last year.
Chelsea are also said to be very keen on signing Van Dijk and could well beat Jurgen Klopp to the punch – reports are suggesting that Blues boss Antonio Conte is ready to make a bid worth £60m for the centre-back – only time will tell whether Southampton choose to accept it.
Source: Daily Express