Report: Liverpool to smash transfer record on another Southampton signing
Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this summer.
Last summer Liverpool went just shy of their club record transfer (Andy Carroll in 2011) by signing Senegalese and former Southampton forward Sadio Mane for £34m.
Attention now turns to Van Dijk.
The Dutch centre back has been out of action since January through injury, but Liverpool’s interest remains as Van Dijk becomes one of the league’s most formidable defenders.
Manchester United have also been linked with Van Dijk, so Southampton will be expecting competition if they’re to keep hold of their man at the back.
Just months after losing Jose Fonte to West Ham, the Saints won’t want to keep to losing their key men. Especially if they’re to improve next season and fight for a place in European competitions. Fans will also hate the idea of their club selling yet another player to Liverpool.
Southampton have reportedly placed a value of £50m on their star player, but it is believed that a sum closer to £40m may convince the board to let him leave.
That’s a lot of money for a centre back but in a world where John Stones costs £50, that could be considered peanuts for Van Dijk.