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Southampton Yet to Receive Virgil van Dijk Offer

Despite Liverpool interest, no bid has yet been made.

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With a little more than a day to go before the close of the summer transfer window in England, Liverpool remain hopeful of signing Southampton centre half Virgil van Dijk but they have yet to make a formal offer for the player according to the Irish Independent.

If Liverpool are to secure the services of their top defensive target, they have little time left now in which to work and Southampton are said to be “relaxed” in their position, claiming they do not feel they need to sell the player and are under no pressure to encourage a bid.

Despite Van Dijk having handed in a transfer request and continuing to train on his own in recent days, the club reportedly feel no pressure to sell. However, there is the suggestion that they might still consider a £70M offer for their want-away Dutch defensive star.

How Liverpool go from not having made a bid—and promising they would not do so without encouragement—to closing a deal before the transfer window closes when Southampton do not plan to actually offer them any encouragement to do so is a mystery.

Clearly, something will have to give on one of the sides, and soon, for there to be any chance of a deal being done—either Southampton will have to offer Liverpool some encouragement, or Liverpool will have to extend an offer despite a lack of any such encouragement.

The alternative, of course, is that the window will shut with Van Dijk remaining at Southampton, a result that might not actually be in the best interest of any of the parties involved but appears at the very least possible as things currently stand.

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