Virgil van Dijk is said to be still hopeful of a Liverpool deal being resurrected before the end of the summer transfer window.
Kay believes that “Van Dijk and Liverpool still hope a deal can be revived, but even in this era of ‘player power’, clubs can afford to say no to a sale, or at least to set exorbitant valuations.”
Kay refers to the Lovren saga of 2014, when the Croatian forced a move through to Liverpool despite the Saints being adamant that he wouldn’t be sold for any price as a source of hope for the Reds.
However, while the Reds secured Lovren for £20m, we’re all aware by now that the asking price for van Dijk if he is to be sold, will be nothing short of obscene.
“In 2014, that meant Southampton demanding Liverpool paid £20 million for Dejan Lovren. Three years, several acrimonious transfer sagas and one bumper Premier League broadcast deal later, the asking price for Van Dijk is triple that.”
Kay ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, claiming that “the Holland defender may yet get his move.”
Whatever happens in the remainder of this summer window, the Reds will have to tread carefully where Southampton are concerned.
The Premier League may have opted to not take any further action against the Reds after their apology for approaching van Dijk without permission was accepted but the club simply cannot afford to make any more mistakes.
James Pearce recently reported that van Dijk was always going to be a tough target to snare due to Southampton’s frustrations at Liverpool constantly poaching their best players and that this saga has only served to exacerbate that.