Liverpool transfer update: Draxler and van Dijk

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Liverpool are unlikely to sign Julian Draxler during this summer’s transfer window but the club still hold out hope that van Dijk will join. 

Liverpool are still holding out hope that with Wesley Hoedt having all but joined Southampton, the club will reluctantly let wantaway defender Virgil van Dijk leave this summer.

Lazio sporting director Ighli Tare confirmed this week that Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has guaranteed Hoedt regular first-team football, reigniting talk that the Dutchman could be allowed an exit after all.

The defender has been training with the reserves since last month when he told Pellegrino of his desire to move and uncertainty remains over whether Southampton can actually afford to keep a £60m asset rotting in the stands all of next season.

Despite van Dijk handing in an official transfer request a fortnight ago, the Reds continue to be forced into treading carefully after issuing an apology for ‘tapping up’ the defender back in June.

If the Saints do decide to cash in though, the Reds will be looking to force their way to the front of the queue, doing whatever they can to secure the Dutchman’s signature.

Worryingly, James Pearce of the Liverpool ECHO has confirmed that if the Reds cannot sign van Dijk, they will press ahead with Gomez, Klavan, Lovren and Matip as their four centre half options.

One player that Liverpool will not be moving for this summer – to the likely disappointment of a number of fans – is Julian Draxler.

Despite only joining the French club in January, Paris Saint Germain are said to be willing to listen to offers for the attacking midfielder after Neymar’s recent £200m arrival from FC Barcelona.

However, James Pearce claims that while Draxler was a target in January for the Reds, Mohamed Salah’s July arrival from AS Roma has left Jürgen Klopp “happy with the options he’s got in terms of his front three.”

Perhaps in a bit of slightly more encouraging news, Pearce does claim that Klopp is now open to strengthening his central midfield ranks with Coutinho in the middle of a hissy fit and Lallana injured.

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