According to The Times’ Paul Joyce, Liverpool’s interest in Virgil van Dijk might not be over with the transfer window yet to open.
Two weeks ago, Liverpool were essentially in the clear to sign Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk but when Southampton got wind of an illegal approach from the Reds, the Saints lodged a complaint with the Premier League.
Following Southampton’s complaint, Liverpool publicly apologised to Southampton and announced they were withdrawing their interest in signing van Dijk.
Despite Liverpool’s very public climb-down and the manner in which events escalated, doubts still surround whether or not Liverpool will or won’t sign the defender.
Although reports this morning reveal that Liverpool have had a large bid rejected for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Virgil van Dijk remains the man everyone wants at Anfield.
And, according to Paul Joyce, the saga might not be over. The Times’ Liverpool correspondent believes that there is still a race to be run with the transfer window yet to open.
Given the drama that has already ensued, we might see more dramatic events unfold when the window officially opens on July 1st.
Paul Joyce also reports that Mohamed Salah is due in England today and could have his medical tomorrow to finalise a transfer which could make him “the costliest player in Liverpool’s history,” replacing Andy Carroll who cost Liverpool £35 million in 2011.
Joyce says that sources in Italy indicate a fee for Salah could amount to as much as £39 million. Despite the impending arrival of Roma’s wickedly fast Egyptian winger, Liverpool still need a defensive overhaul with centre back and left back both in dire need of attention.
Van Dijk and Benjamin Mendy would be the perfect players to come in but would likely cost a combined total of over £100 million. Jürgen Klopp does, however, know who to sign to avoid paying over the odds but Joyce writes that Klopp is no longer interested in targeting the likes of Piotr Zielinski, Ben Chilwell or Mahmoud Dahoud.
Even if we only hear these reports from journalists, reliable as they may be, and not from Jürgen Klopp himself, it would seem as though the German is really looking at buying big to be prepared for a season competing across four fronts.
That being said, in this day and age, seeing is believing and as with the Mohamed Salah deal, we’ll have to wait for the Melwood Lean before anything is truly official.