Van Dijk Hopeful Of Late Liverpool Bid After Agreeing Terms – But Arsenal And Chelsea Also Eyeing Last-Minute Bids
The Southampton defender is desperate to secure his move away from the St Mary’s, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in pole position to sign him before the transfer window shuts shop at 11pm tomorrow.
Premier League giants Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, have all been linked with a swoop for the Dutch defender.
The Dutch centre-back has handed in a transfer request at Southampton amid huge interest from Chelsea and Liverpool and now Arsenal – and is yet to play for Southampton this season.
The Dutch defender, who signed a six-year deal last season, has also slammed Southampton’s repeated attempts to keep him at the club amid huge interest from top Premier League clubs.
Sources close to the player have revealed that Van Dijk wants to move to Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are ready to resume their pursuit of long-time target Virgil van Dijk, according to reports.
Following Wesley Hoedt’s arrival at Southampton, Liverpool want to step up their chase for the £60million rated Dutch defender.
Southampton bosses have accentuated that Van Dijk will not be allowed to leave this summer, but Liverpool are now ready to pounce back if the Saints hierarchy change their stance.
Earlier, the Reds had to drop their interest in the Dutch defender after Southampton threatened them of FIFA action claiming they had illegally approached the 26-year-old player.
However, according to reports, Southampton might soften their stance and could allow Van Dijk to leave this summer after the arrival of Wesley Hoedt from Lazio this week.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are on the verge of launching a late club-record £70million to land Van Dijk this summer and sources reveal that former Dortmund manager is keen to bring the Dutchman at Anfield as he looks to bolster his back-four.
Saints man Van Dijk is set to cost at least £70million, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all keen to bolster their defensive ranks this summer.
Arsenal have now held talks with the Dutch defender over a move to the Emirates before the transfer window shuts this summer.
Sources close to the club have revealed that Shkodran Mustafi’s future at the North London club is growing increasingly uncertain and it seems that he is set to move to Inter Milan on a sason-long loan.
The Gunners now want to bolster the back-line by roping in Van Dijk.