Liverpool’s under the table negotiating with Virgil Van Dijk has landed them in hot water but Southampton manager Claude Puel could get the sack soon, which in turn could help the Reds sign their primary transfer target.
Sky Sports report that Southampton manager Claude Puel’s job could be in danger after Director of Football Les Reed finished his end of season review for chairman Ralph Kruger. The Frenchman is on holiday and so there is uncertainty surrounding his future, but should he be fired, it could leave Southampton in a precarious position to hold onto Virgil Van Dijk.
Yesterday Liverpool were reported to the Premier League over their alleged illegal approach to Virgil Van Dijk. John Cross of The Mirror reports that Jürgen Klopp flew Van Dijk to Blackpool for a private meeting and has been texting the Dutchman ever since.
The Premier League has been notified and are addressing Southampton’s claim that Liverpool were out of bounds by contacting Van Dijk and his representatives.
Liverpool are eyeing a record-breaking £60 million swoop for Van Dijk and news that the Reds have gone about it the wrong way only serves to make negotiating with Southampton all the more difficult. The Saints have been a feeding ground for Liverpool in recent years with the likes of Sadio Mané, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all arriving from the South Coast in the last few years.
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Klopp wants Van Dijk to partner Jöel Matip in the heart of his defence in a bid to take his side to the next level. Liverpool are, without a doubt, a superb attacking unit but lack the defensive prowess to challenge for top honours but the arrival of Van Dijk would be a step in the right direction.
It remains to be seen what the outcome of Southampton’s accusations will be but the hope from the Liverpool camp is that this debacle will not foil a move to Merseyside for the Dutchman. It’s likely, however, that Van Dijk will need to force through a move on his end with Southampton unwilling to sell to Liverpool.