According to The Daily Echo, Virgil Van Dijk will have to force Southampton’s hand if wants a move to Liverpool but it could cost as much as £75 million.
Yesterday, it emerged that Liverpool had been reported by Southampton to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach to Virgil Van Dijk.
This came after a series of reports had indicated that Van Dijk had agreed to join Liverpool, with some reports indicating that Jürgen Klopp’s personal involvement had been an instrumental factor in the Dutchman being convinced that his future lies on Merseyside.
The Daily Echo today reports that if Van Dijk is to sign for Liverpool, the defender will need to be the one to force a move through. Even then, the belief is that Southampton will not sell for anything less than a fee in the regions of £65-75 million.
Van Dijk’s contract with Southampton only expires in 2022 and Southampton feel as though they are warranted a level of loyalty from Van Dijk.
A massively important line in The Echo’s report reads, “Southampton are adamant that they have not had any bid from Liverpool, and so there has been no permission for the player to speak to them about his future.”
If this is the case, Liverpool will need to rely on Van Dijk to force a move through. Southampton are intent on showing a resolve that they haven’t in the past, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert moving to Merseyside with ease.
Klopp wants Van Dijk to come in and partner Jöel Matip in the heart of defence, with Dejan Lovren proving on multiple occasions that he’s not a defender that will win Liverpool trophies. Having said that, if Southampton are asking for north of £60 million for Van Dijk, a deal for the Dutch defender might be in jeopardy.