The Reds’ much-publicised pursuit of Van Dijk has felt never-ending this summer, with talk over a potential move to Anfield filling endless column inches.
According to the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce, Van Dijk will talk to new Saints boss and former Reds centre-back Pellegrino in the coming days, in order to make the current situation clearer.
The Dutchman was not included in the Southampton squad that travelled to France for a recent pre-season trip, training on his own back in England instead.
Saints remain adamant that their captain and best player is not for sale, but should Van Dijk reiterate his desire to join Liverpool this week, they may feel an unhappy player is no good to them.
The report states that “Pellegrino is hoping that the £60million-rated centre-back will back down so he can be reintegrated with his team-mates” – it is a decision that could potentially define Liverpool’s summer.
Jurgen Klopp is more than willing to smash the club’s transfer record to bring in the highly-rated centre-back, and failure to acquire his signature would be a body blow.
There have even been some claims suggesting Klopp will not sign an alternative if he misses out on Van Dijk, which would be sure to cause a stir.
It is hard to know exaxtly what to be believe this summer, but this week is seemingly going to be crucial in terms of Liverpool’s quest to bring the 26-year-old to Merseyside.