Virgil van Dijk may have ruined his chances of a dream move to Liverpool and has been ‘badly advised’, according to the Irish Independent.
Liverpool were reported to the Premier League in June by Southampton for an illegal approach to central defender Virgil van Dijk after it emerged through Liverpool press that the Saints man had agreed personal terms with the Reds.
Southampton were furious at Liverpool’s approach to van Dijk and asked the Premier League to look into what they believed constituted a “tapping up” claim. The Merseysiders subsequently issued a public apology on their website, stepping down and admitting defeat in their pursuit of van Dijk.
Almost two months later and Liverpool have not signed a new centre back but are still heavily linked with van Dijk. The Irish Independent reports that a poorly advised Virgil van Dijk might not get his dream move to Liverpool this summer.
Harry Clarke writes for Independent.ie, “Southampton are ‘more determined than ever’ to hang on to defender Virgil van Dijk despite his insistence that he wants to leave the club to join Liverpool this summer, Independent.ie understands.”
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Van Dijk is training alone and is insisting he will leave this summer but Southampton are adamant the opposite will be the case.
Clarke reports that Southampton insiders “have hinted that the 26-year-old has been ‘badly advised’ by his agent in recent months and suggested that a move to Liverpool could have been finalised if the player had handled his desire to leave in a different manner.”
This seems unlikely given that there has been no indication whatsoever that Southamton have been open to van Dijk leaving this summer. Rather, all evidence has pointed towards the Saints hierarchy wanting to do everything to make sure the Dutchman doesn’t leave this transfer window.
Liverpool are running out of time to sign van Dijk this summer. With just 9 days until the new Premier League season kicks off, the Reds need to act quickly if they are to sign the 26-year-old.
I believe Liverpool will get the deal done as Southampton know they can’t hold onto a player that wants to leave and is as unsettled as van Dijk is. What’s more, £60 million+ is an attractive offer for any club and could tempt the south coast club into selling.
Having said that, Liverpool need to be more proactive as Southampton will need to find a replacement and won’t want to leave it late.