According to The Independent, Chelsea might be accused of illegally approaching Virgil Van Dijk with Southampton looking into the matter.
This week, Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League after it emerged that defender Virgil van Dijk had been privately courted by the Reds without written permission from Southampton.
In an unexpected turn of events, Chelsea could also find themselves in hot water over illegally approaching van Dijk in a bid to convince the former Celtic centre-half to move to London.
According to The Independent, Southampton “are now looking into the levels of contact between Chelsea officials and van Dijk before considering their next move, with the defender now left in limbo after he made it clear he wants to leave the club despite having five years left to run on the contract he only signed last summer.”
This will come as consolation to Liverpool supporters, who have felt aggrieved at the fact that the Reds are the only side to have been reprimanded for “tapping up.” Chelsea actually have a track record with the London club being charged for “tapping up” Ashley Cole in 2005.
While Chelsea might be indicted as Liverpool were for their illegal approach to van Dijk, it means very little for the hopes that some Reds’ fans still harbour of the Dutch defender signing for Liverpool.
The Independent reports that Van Dijk’s future is complicated by two things: the fact that he has made his desire to leave public and the fact that Claude Puel’s future with Southampton is uncertain – the Frenchman could leave the south coast club after just one season in charge.
Southampton would only sell van Dijk for “silly money” with £70 million being the fee mooted by most media outlets. It seems unlikely that Liverpool would spend that on any player in normal circumstances, but given the drama that has surrounded them in the last few days, it seems a great deal more far-fetched.