Netherlands boss Dick Advocaat has urged Southampton to allow Virgil van Dijk to make the switch to Liverpool Football Club this summer.
Virgil van Dijk’s international manager Dick Advocaat has given the player his backing if he decides to make the move to Liverpool from Southampton this summer.
The player has drawn criticisms for opting to train alone and go on strike to try and force the move through but his international manager has revealed he understands the player’s actions.
“You can condemn it (Van Dijk’s actions), but come on, if you can earn five times as much at a top English club then I understand that,” he told Voetbalzone.
Earlier this summer it had been widely reported that van Dijk preferred a move to Liverpool over other suitors Chelsea and Manchester City but the investigation into the Reds’ “illegal tapping-up approach” for the player put a halt to proceedings over any potential deal.
However, it’s being reported by the Times today that Southampton’s animosity towards Liverpool had been brewing since long before they reported the Reds in June.
The Times claim that “there has been anger towards Liverpool since April, when Southampton discovered that their rivals were negotiating with Van Dijk despite having been asked to wait until the end of the season.”
Unfortunately, this could result in the Reds missing out on their top defensive target with Southampton preferring to deal with Chelsea – who are said to be readying a bid.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has publicly revealed his hopes that the player will stay at the club past this summer window but even if the Dutchman doesn’t leave for Liverpool, it’s looking less and less likely that he’ll still be a Saints player come September 1st.