Van Dijk interest ended by Liverpool

Erica Murray
June 8, 2017

Southampton's then club captain Lallana asked to leave the club once he became aware of Liverpool's interest but the saga dragged on and his eventual departure was somewhat acrimonious.

Liverpool are continuing their pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk, and are eyeing a player exchange deal, according to reports.

While the 25-year-old Van Dijk is open to the idea of moving to Anfield, Southampton will veto such a move out of what the Mirror describes as "a point of principle".

BBC Radio Solent also reported that Southampton officials were furious that Liverpool had apparently made contact with one of their players without requesting permission to do so, first.

The reds have bought 5 players from Southampton in the last 3 summer transfer windows - with a combined transfer fee of around £90M.

A £60m fee would still make Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the history of football, so it's clear that Southampton are playing hardball after three consecutive summers of being excavated of their best talent by Liverpool. Join the Saints Marching team!

Any such transfer would see Dejan Lovren drop to third choice centre-back despite signing a new deal at the club worth £100,000 a week.

That is why fed-up Southampton supporters were resigned to the transfer being completed and why many took to social media to vent their spleen at a board they perceived had once again deceived them.

Van Dijk missed the last five months of last season after suffering an ankle injury against Leicester in January.

What are the key numbers behind Van Dijk's Premier League career? It runs much deeper. Indeed, the Saints have lodged a complaint with the Premier League about the issue.

The Anfield side have been linked with a £60million move for the Dutch worldwide centre-half, who is understood to have told them he prefers a move to Merseyside ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City.

That is why they are determined that whatever the outcome of any potential Premier League investigation, they will not do business with Liverpool under any circumstances.

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