Both Liverpool and their top defensive target Virgil Van Dijk hope a resolution can be found that will see the Dutchman leave Southampton for Merseyside this summer, reports the Times’ Oliver Kay.
Liverpool’s pursuit of Van Dijk looked to be going well in the earl stages of June with the player extremely keen on a move to Anfield over Chelsea and Manchester City.
But when this became apparent without the Reds having contacted Southampton about a bid for their captain, the south-coast club were furious and launched a complaint to the Premier League.
Understandably, the Saints are growing increasingly frustrated with Liverpool for cherry-picking their best players year after year, with Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mané among those that have swapped the south-coast for Merseyside in recent years.
Liverpool then issued a statement apologising to Southampton for their pursuit of Van Dijk and claimed to have ended their interest in the player.
Interestingly, though, Liverpool have not been reliably linked with another centre back since, and with a player of Van Dijk’s calibre still wanting to move to Anfield, you can quite understand why the Reds are reluctant to let this transfer go.
Now, Chief Football Correspondent for the Times Oliver Kay has said that both Van Dijk and Liverpool still hope a deal can be reached this summer.
Virgil Van Dijk and Liverpool still hope a deal can be revived this summer. (@OliverKayTimes)
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) June 30, 2017
A lot will depend on Van Dijk’s behaviour when he returns to pre-season training at Southampton in the coming weeks. Will a player of his calibre really want to stick around at Southampton as he enters the prime years of his career?
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 30, 2017
Many thought that Chelsea may come in for Van Dijk after Liverpool’s statement, but it’s now being widely reported that they have agreed a deal to sign Roma and Germany centre back Antonio Rudiger for a fee in the region of £30m.