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Kevin Wimmer Rumoured to be Van Dijk Replacement

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Despite Southampton’s apparent unwillingness to sell Virgil van Dijk, a potential replacement has been targeted.

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-If there is no Naby Keïta at Liverpool by the end of the summer transfer window, there must be Virgil van Dijk. The Football Gods, often capricious and insensitive, may have more misery in store for Liverpool, but there is one comfort in the pursuit of Southampton’s captain and star player: a record transfer fee for a defender. Despite reports that there is a firm determination to keep and reintegrate Van Dijk, the player is on strike after expressing a desire to leave for presumably Liverpool.

There has been chatter, driven by your best friend’s humanoid cat with a penchant for stirring trouble and mocking the easily manipulated desires of humankind, that Van Dijk has already completed a transfer to Liverpool. “Done,” the scheming future of society posted. Apparently the cunning creature “has reliable info” and broke the news of Stuart Taylor’s one-year contract extension before the South Coast club sent that tweet.

Where were we? Ah, yes. Kevin Wimmer. He is being considered as Van Dijk’s potential successor, but of course, Tottenham Hotspur would only be moved by an offer of around £20 million for the reserve centre back. It is probably somewhat safe to presume that figure has been creatively manufactured to add a bit of sheen to signing the Austrian international. That’s quite a generous figure to attach to a player of Wimmer’s talents, but in this transfer window with the notoriously difficult Daniel Levy at the negotiating table, Southampton may have to put in an offer with a premium attached for the 24-year-old defender.

Consider this your Virgil van Dijk update where you learned something but nothing of real value.