Despite recent “rumblings” that Virgil van Dijk would hand in a written transfer request to force a move through to Liverpool, Adam Leitch of the Daily Echo reports that Southampton don’t anticipate their captain forcing a move through.
Last week, the Mirror reported that Virgil van Dijk was desperate for his “dream move” to Liverpool to go through and that the Dutchman was prepared to rock the boat in order to get a move to Anfield.
Yet today, Adam Leitch of the Daily Echo reports that no such events will occur and that Southampton’s captain will not hand in a written transfer request.
Southampton are confident that they can hold on to van Dijk who still has five years on his contract with the South Coast club and don’t expect “the laid back 26-year-old” to “back Saints into a corner” by submitting a transfer request.
Liverpool are looking for a new centre-half to partner Jöel Matip next season and van Dijk fits the bill perfectly but having had to issue a public apology to Southampton for the tapping up of the player, the Reds are in a tricky situation and need the Dutchman to force a move through if there is to be a transfer at all.
Having had to apologise to Southampton and publicly declared their interest to be over, Liverpool are in a situation where they cannot simply bid for van Dijk as they risk disciplinary action from the Premier League by doing so and therefore need van Dijk to formally tell Saints he wants to leave.
Yet, as Adam Leitch reports, this looks unlikely as the Dutchman is “a solid member of the squad” and the team’s captain no less and is apparently reluctant to rock the boat.
Elsewhere, Liverpool look increasingly likely to secure the signature of Naby Keïta as top dogs at Leipzig consider the fact that holding onto a player who wants to leave is unwise. Based on this knowledge, the Germans could sell to Liverpool.
Signing both Keïta and van Dijk would cost at least a combined £120 million but would increase the quality in Liverpool’s squad. For now, there is plenty of work to be done and even more so in the van Dijk deal.
Comment below if you think Liverpool need to start looking at other centre-back targets or if the Dutchman will sign for the Reds come September 3rd.