The saga of Virgil Van Dijk has had many twists and turns. Just as recently as earlier today, it seemed all but lost as it looked like Liverpool’s possible number one transfer target was about to change course and head to the blue side of Manchester. Liverpool have been doggedly pursuing the center half in every attempt to bring him to Merseyside and hopefully some of the tides turned today as Ian Doyle reported Liverpool are still very much in the race for the defender.
Our man Ian has gone on to add that not only are Liverpool still going after Van Dijk, but they’re prepared to match whatever wage packages Manchester City and Chelsea are offering, in an attempt to secure his signature for the Reds. Reports also claim that Southampton are holding out for at least £50 million but it’s been pretty clear from the start of the silly season that money will be no object for many players on Jürgen Klopp’s list.
Despite all this, Liverpool still believe that the decision won’t come down to money for Van Dijk and at this point, the decision on where to move is solely his own. The club have been encouraged by feedback from his representatives, but Manchester City and Chelsea have clearly put forward very strong cases of their own. Reports over the weekend even suggested that verbal terms had been agreed upon with City, including a £200k a week pay package, but Chelsea has come out just as aggressively for the much sought after defender.
As mentioned earlier today, the decision could be tipped in favor of certain intangible qualities that might draw any player to a historic club, but fingers are certainly crossed that Klopp can work his charms and sweet talk a player into choosing Red over Blue.