According to reports in Holland, Liverpool and Manchester City are both prepared to pay £25 million in order to sign Virgil Van Dijk.
Mamadou Sakho is almost certain to leave Liverpool in the winter transfer window and his departure will see the number of first-team centre-halves available to Jurgen Klopp’ dwindle. Lucas Leiva has been deputising in central defence but the Brazilian is not up to scratch as far as playing at the back in the Premier League is concerned.
There have been many names tossed around as to who could be brought in, with the likes of Van Dijk, Jonathan Tah and Niklas Süle being tipped as potential January arrivals. Many would love to see Van Dijk signed given his age, his quality and the fact that he has played in the Premier League and wouldn’t need as much time to settle.
Dejan Lovren’s inability to perform without an established centre-half is a cause for concern as it’s difficult to rely on him when Matip gets injured. That’s why Van Dijk is so appealing. The Dutchman’s ability to operate as the main central defender or work well in a partnership, as shown by his pairing with Jose Fonte, would be huge for Liverpool.
According to De Telegraaf, Liverpool are prepared to trigger the £25 million buyout clause in Van Dijk’s contract but will face competition from Manchester City who are looking to find another centre-half with Vincent Kompany seemingly incapable of completing a football game.
Despite reports in Holland indicating Liverpool’s readiness to sign Van Dijk, the Daily Mail reports that the Reds will not be targeting Van Dijk but that Jose Fonte is leaving Southampton after the Saints informed him his contract would not be renewed.
Van Dijk has proven himself as a strong, confident defender since his switch from Celtic in 2015 and if Liverpool were to sign him, he’d definitely improve their defence and better their chances of Premier League glory.