Over an alleged illegal approach for centre-back Virgil van Dijk, Southampton will report Liverpool to the Premier League. Upon leaving St Mary, the 25-year-old wants to move to Anfield.
Last year, the £50m-rated Netherlands defender signed a new 6-year contract, having joined Southampton from Celtic for £13m in September 2015. However, Liverpool are still to formally approach Saints to ask for permission to speak to Van Dijk.
On Monday, the Reds refused to comment on renewed speculation while Southampton are adamant they do not need to sell the defender. Saints are irritated by what they see as an attempt to unsettle Van Dijk and are ready to reject an official offer.
Chelsea and Manchester City are showing keen interest in the Dutchman, but City’s interest has cooled as they are not prepared to pay as high a fee as Liverpool. Former club Celtic are also understood to have a 10% sell-on agreement.
After sustaining an ankle injury following a challenge by Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, Van Dijk missed the final 5 months of the season in Southampton’s 3-0 win at St Mary’s on 22 January. It forced him to miss Southampton’s EFL Cup final loss to Manchester United at Wembley.
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