The saga between Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk and Southampton has taken a new twist as the Saint Mary’s Stadium outfit have decided to keep the player despite his plea for a transfer.
Earlier in the week, Virgil Van Dijk handed Southampton a transfer request to force a move to Liverpool or either Chelsea. According to latest report by the Express, the Saint would rather have the player perpetually on the bench and on their pay role than to allow him leave for Liverpool.
Van Dijk has been a subject of huge interest from Liverpool but the Reds were accused of tapping up the centre-back to the point where Liverpool had to tender an apology for their action. Following Van Dijk transfer request, Liverpool and Chelsea were understood to be preparing a £60m move for the Dutch star but a club insider reckons that regardless of the funds, they will hold on their star.
“We do not want to sell Virgil to Liverpool and will happily let him sit in the stands all season if we have to.
“Most of the fans would back the club in this after everything that has gone on.”
The 25-year old Dutch star fancies a move to the Merseyside club over Chelsea and the reason is not far-fetched. Chelsea have a plethora of top-notch defenders and he may not get regular playing time.
Meanwhile Liverpool are currently short of options in the centre-back position and Van Dijk would easily slot into the Reds team to partner Lovren at the heart of defence.
Given the Saint’s refusal to sell, where does this leave Chelsea? The insider did not say they are unwilling to sell but they have a problem with Liverpool, which means Chelsea have become favourite for his signature.