Liverpool’s gaffe may prove to be Chelsea’s gain this summer, according to the latest happenings in
the world of English football.
It is reported by the Times that Southampton are still furious with Liverpool who were apparently guilty of inciting their star defender Virgil Van Dijk. It was reported in June that the Saints were threatening to report Liverpool over transfer advances made towards their Netherlands import.
It is no fault of Jurgen Klopp’s men who felt they had their pick of talents from Southampton, having done transfer business which was mutually beneficial. However, it is disappointing they erred in a way which could be akin to the £40 million and £1 bid bid lodged by Arsenal for Luiz Suarez in 2015; a move the Reds hastily rejected amidst derogatory remarks from their owner.
Now, it looks as though Liverpool could look elsewhere in their search for a centre-back, but not without merited sanctions on Van Dijk from his employers who have forced him to train alone. Ofcourse he is considered a rebel, and most EPL fans won’t bat an eyelid if he happens to play elsewhere – but not Liverpool though.
It is now reported that the 26-year- old has come to terms with the gravity of his agent’s misdemeanour and, as a result, wants to save his face by moving elsewhere, with Chelsea mooted as his preferred destination.
Further claims go on to say that both player and club are willing to agree on the switch to Stamford Bridge if that means Liverpool does not succeed in their quest.
Manchester City are also reported to be lurking around for the player’s signature also, which makes this one a lot interesting. However, what we are certain of him not signing for Liverpool this summer.
He is valued at 30,00 Mill. € according to transfermarkt.