Southampton are resigned to losing Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk this summer but only if another club meets their £70m valuation.
Could the Virgil van Dijk saga be about to take another positive twist that works in the Reds favour? Chelsea seem to think so.
The Metro are reporting today that Chelsea are said to be “wary” of making a bid for the Dutch defender due to Liverpool remaining his desired destination.
The Mail reported on Saturday that the Blues would submit a £60m bid for his services but the Metro instead believe this will no longer occur because “the club are doubting whether the Dutchman will accept a move to Stamford Bridge having already made Liverpool his first-choice destination.”
This is a sentiment echoed by the Liverpool ECHO, whose transfer live blog has been updated with reports that the Dutch defender “still wants a move to Merseyside,” despite Antonio Conte’s interest.
These reports come alongside Neil Fissler of the Express claiming that Southampton are ‘resigned’ to losing van Dijk this summer but only on “their terms.”
This means that the Reds will have to cough up big money to “meet their full valuation of £70m,” which was increased by the Reds blunder-filled approach earlier in the month.
Despite the Reds being forced into a public formal apology to the Saints, Klopp reportedly hasn’t dropped any interest in the Dutchman who remains his number one defensive target.
The club are supposedly set to back him with whatever funds he needs to prise the Dutchman away from Southampton’s desperate grasp.
What do you think? Is there one last twist in this tale which will see Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool red during the 2017/18 season?