Despite Liverpool’s dramatic statement ending their pursuit of Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk over two weeks ago, a move to Anfield still remains possible.
Numerous reports since Liverpool seemingly ended their interest have claimed that the saga is not over yet, with Southampton set to cash in on their prized asset this summer.
Reliable Liverpool correspondents reported last week that another approach later this summer is expected, and that the 25-year-old centre-back may need to hand in a transfer request to force through a move to Merseyside.
More recently, it’s claimed that Chelsea are readying a £60 million bid for the Dutchman, but they are “are wary that Van Dijk still harbours a desire to move to Liverpool should he leave this summer.”
Reports of Chelsea‘s interest in Van Dijk could be a ploy from Southampton to force up the price Liverpool will need to pay to eventually get their prime target ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Jurgen Klopp had spoken of his desire to get new signings sorted early, but due to the now complicated nature of this one it could be one that drags on right through the summer.
Liverpool broke their transfer record in signing Mohamed Salah last week, and will more than likely break that £36.9 million barrier twice more this summer with the additions of a new centre-back and centre-midfielder.
Klopp also needs a new left-back, with a wide range of targets linked.
If those three additions can be made, with few departures the other way, Liverpool’s squad will be substantially improved ahead of the new season.