Liverpool will bid for Virgil van Dijk this summer if Southampton make it clear that they are receptive to offers for the Dutchman while Naby Keïta seems increasingly unlikely to join the Reds.
Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino ordered Virgil van Dijk to train alone this week after the Dutchman told the South Coast club he wants a summer move to Liverpool.
As such, Southampton have travelled to France for pre-season preparations without their captain while a summer transfer saga between Liverpool and the Saints brews once more.
According to James Pearce, Liverpool will bid for van Dijk this summer but only if Southampton make it clear that they are open to receiving bids for the 26-year-old.
Due to the fact that Liverpool were involved in a ‘tapping up’ row over van Dijk, matters are complicated considerably so the Reds need to wait for Southampton to make it clear that bids are welcome for their Dutch defender.
It is a widely shared opinion that centre-back is in more desperate need of attention in the summer transfer window and therefore so many fans see van Dijk as the priority transfer target when compared to Naby Keïta.
This is rather fortunate, as it seems as though the Reds could miss out on the Guinean this summer with RB Leipzig absolutely adamant that they won’t sell their prized asset.
According to Chris Bascombe, “Liverpool are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of signing RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keïta this summer and are ready to shelve their interest until next year.”
Liverpool will reportedly wait until next summer to activate the 22-year-old’s £48 million release clause.
After the Germans rejected two bids worth £57m and £66m respectively, Liverpool have no intention of continuing in their pursuit of Keïta this summer.
While there is every chance that Liverpool could end up with neither of their top targets for the 2017 summer transfer window, patience is advised.
Virgil van Dijk is a player that could still join the Reds and very much wants to. Whether or not he is allowed to is up to Southampton who are desperate to stop the steady flow of players transferring to Liverpool.
The next week will be absolutely crucial for Liverpool as Jürgen Klopp will be back at Melwood and will be able to personally discuss matters with sporting director Michael Edwards.