After being one of the most protracted and frustrating transfer of the summer transfer window, it appears that Liverpool are set to return to the table once again in a bid to pick up Dutch defensive star Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. The south coast club has knocked back all attempts to buy the player, but reports suggest that the Reds felt close enough to Southampton come August 31st to make a late bid without jeopardising their transfer credibility.
As the two sides clash at the weekend, then, the returning speculation of where van Dijk will go is only likely to continue. Speaking at his press-conference about the Liverpool game, Saints coach Mauricio Pellegrino was quite open about where he – and the club – were at, per the Daily Mirror.
“You never know, because when we talk about money everybody has got a price.” He said.
“The budget is to sign players and the biggest teams have got the money to try to sign players.
“I can’t decide about that. This is a question for our owners. Everybody is focused on their area, to try and bring the best players possible for their club. It is something that happens every single transfer window.
‘We have got a lot of good players and most of the teams want to sign them.”
While Saints fans would hope to be able to keep the Dutchman until the summer at least, it appears that a resurrection of the transfer might take place in the near future. We’ll see how van Dijk gets on at Anfield, though; a rather mediocre start to the season might already have fans questioning whether he is worth all the effort.