Liverpool’s chances of signing Virgil van Dijk from Southampton continue to look slimmer by the day, according to Adam Blackmore of the BBC.
In an interview published today with Anfield HQ, BBC Radio Solent’s Adam Blackmore gave his thoughts on the Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool saga and whether he thinks it could still happen.
Unfortunately, it’s not good news for the Reds.
Blackmore reveals that the Southampton stance remains “to do all they can to keep” Virgil van Dijk in a bid to build a solid platform for new manager Mauricio Pellegrino’s first season in charge.
He believes that the Saints want to bring an end to the days of being poached by bigger clubs and that the south coast club “will hope to have shown everyone that they are not going to roll over and let players leave without it being a good move for them.”
However, Blackmore does believe that if van Dijk opts to “engineer a move” himself, the story could change quite drastically.
It’s a well-known fact that player power can be decisive in getting transfers across the line and if the Dutchman opts to make a nuisance of himself, Southampton may opt to sell rather than allow him to become a major distraction.
“I don’t think Saints have a desire to sell any more players to Liverpool – it grates with their supporters after recent signings,” said Blackmore. “I think they want to keep VVD for another year but it is football – if the player engineers a move it will be a difficult situation for the club to deal with.”
A popular suggestion in recent weeks on Twitter is that the club use out of favour defender Mamadou Sakho as a makeweight incentive in any attempted deal to try and kill two birds with one stone. However, Blackmore does not see this as appealing to the Southampton hierarchy.
“If they keep VVD and Yoshida is asked to sign a new deal (he has one year left now), then with the arrival of Jan Bednarek, and Jack Stephens signing a new deal last weekend, maybe not,” he replied when asked about any potential interest from the Saints in the Frenchman.
When asked to give his final thoughts on whether van Dijk will be a Liverpool player come September, Blackmore only had this to say: “I see him at Southampton UNLESS he hands in a transfer request.”
What do you think, will van Dijk be a Liverpool player come September? Or have Liverpool royally screwed themselves out of this one?