According to The Daily Echo, Liverpool have been reported to the Premier League by Southampton regarding their approach to Virgil Van Dijk.
The Saints have asked the Premier League to investigate what they believe to be an illegal approach from Liverpool to Van Dijk.
The Southampton hierarchy are said to be “seething” after it emerged yesterday that Van Dijk had agreed to join Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp is understood to have convinced the Dutch defender that Anfield is a desirable destination for him and Southampton believe the approach is illegal.
The Daily Echo reports that the Southampton hierarchy gathered this morning to decide what to do and have taken the drastic action of reporting Liverpool to the Premier League. This dramatic development is said to have reaffirmed Southampton’s intention of holding onto the 25-year-old and will make it very difficult for Liverpool to seal a deal for Van Dijk.
It would seem as though Liverpool never do things the easy way. While many would suggest that signing a defender for £60 million on £200,000 per week wages would hardly indicate breezy negotiating, this further complicates matters.
Klopp’s involvement may have swayed Van Dijk’s mind with regards to where he personally wants to move but given that Liverpool regularly raid the South Coast, it makes it difficult to imagine that any sort of deal for Van Dijk will be wrapped in a neat little package any time soon.
Of course, the former Celtic man’s desire to move will play an instrumental role in deciding where he goes. However, rest assured that this transfer will be a long and arduous one if there is one to speak of at all once the Premier League gets involved.