Southampton have reported Liverpool to the Premier League for allegedly making an illegal approach to the defender Virgil Van Dijk.
The South coast club were furious to see stories on Monday that suggested Liverpool were in the driving seat to sign Van Dijk this summer, in the face of interest from other leading clubs – namely Chelsea and Manchester City. It is understood that Van Dijk’s preference lies with a move to Anfield.
Southampton have made it clear to the Premier League that they have received no official approach from Liverpool for Van Dijk and, more generally, they have stressed that the player has five years to run on his contract, meaning they are in a strong position regarding his future.
Liverpool are willing to pay a world-record sum for a defender – expected to be around £60m – to break Southampton’s resistance while they are also prepared to match City’s offer to Van Dijk of a contract worth around £200,000 a week. Van Dijk would become Liverpool’s record signing and highest-paid player should the deal go ahead.
Article by: The Guardian
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