Jürgen Klopp has been informed that it’s unrealistic to believe that Liverpool will make any move for Virgil van Dijk this summer.
We reported earlier today that after Liverpool escaped any sanction from the Premier League, we felt the Virgil van Dijk saga would continue to be a long and drawn out process but now it seems that it could instead come to a very swift end for Liverpool.
Despite the 25-year old Dutchman still harbouring a desire to move to Merseyside instead of to other suitors Manchester City and Chelsea, it looks as if the chances of that happening are slimming by the hour.
Matt Hughes of The Times is reporting that any thought of a move for the Dutch defender is “unrealistic” and that Liverpool’s board have made Jürgen Klopp blatantly aware of this fact.
Hughes claims that during the talks between Liverpool and Southampton that took place before the Reds apology, the Saints made it clear to the club that they would not sell van Dijk to them for “any price.”
This adamant stance, coupled with FSG’s unwillingness to be seen going back on their word after the public apology have both supposedly contributed to the lack of realism.
Hughes also claims that Klopp hopes to prioritise the signing of Naby Keïta, however an interview with Oliver Hartmann on the Liverpool ECHO makes it sound as if a deal for the midfielder could be just as unrealistic this summer. Hartmann claims that Leipzig do not need the money and will likely stand strong in their stance that the Guinean cannot leave unless a new Bundesliga record fee is stumped up by the Reds.
Keïta does have a £48m release clause in his current contract that kicks in next summer but it is likely that the 22-year old will be attracting far more attention by that point and that the Reds would have to fight it out for his signature.
If this is the case, then Klopp could miss out on two of his preferred first choice targets and the Reds could be sent back to the drawing board.