Van Dijk is high on Jurgen Klopp‘s list of priority targets, with the German seeking to add another leading defensive presence to his ranks for 2017/18 and beyond.
While his second season with Southampton has been derailed by injury, Van Dijk has established himself as one of Europe’s most in-demand centre-backs.
This has led to a host of clubs battling for his signature this summer, and while the Saints have publicly expressed a desire to keep him, they are claimed to value him at £50 million.
Liverpool’s continued interest in Van Dijk despite this lofty price tag underlines Klopp’s ambition, but that still may not be enough.
And, crucially, Miguel Delaney claims that “there is a growing belief that the 25-year-old Dutch international favours a move to Stamford Bridge.”
It is worth taking every report on Van Dijk’s future with a pinch of salt, with all clubs holding a convincing claim to his transfer if particular sources are to be believed.
As Liverpool supporters have found with the likes of Willian, Alex Teixeira and Quincy Promes in recent years, social media activity is no indicator of transfer movement.
On the flip-side, the failure to sign that trio, despite intense speculation in the media, is an indicator that deals can change quickly.