Up next we look at some Virgil Van Dijk transfer news. To date the most concrete interest has come from Liverpool but after allegations of ‘tapping up’ Liverpool publicly backtracked and promised that their interest had ended after Southampton’s threats to take action. Chelsea, Arsenal and even Man City have been linked. What is going to happen?
Virgil Van Dijk
Reported Transfer Fee: £70mil
2016/17 League Stats: 21 starts, 1 goal
Verdict: This is another one of those transfer sagas which has dragged on and on all summer, almost to boring levels. Virgil Van Dijk has told Southampton he wants out and as a result has been frozen out of the first team picture until his future is resolved.
I can’t believe that this hasn’t been resolved before transfer deadline day. Whilst admirable, Southampton’s hard-ball approach doesn’t make the most financial sense. With talk of Van Dijk possibly commanding a fee of £70mil+ surely selling at such an inflated price is sensible for a player clearly unhappy and who wants to move. Southampton have sent a strong message out that they won’t be bullied by the bigger clubs but it may also harm them in the long-term as players become wary to join, knowing their ambitions may be effected by Southampton’s tough stance on selling.
In the short-term it’s not exactly helped them either. They have a top player training alone and not playing. Any potential move now would also leave Southampton with very little time to use any funds. For that reason I’m still not confident anything will be sorted on deadline day as beyond the signing of Wesley Hoedt, as a possible replacement, there’s been no sign of other notable arrivals or at least talk of them to strengthen the squad which you’d expect after the financial rewards of such a deal.
Their approach may also harm Van Dijk’s value in future. If his head isn’t right his form may suffer.
Southampton’s relationship with Liverpool seems fractured so whilst Klopp had shown the most interest and Van Dijk is known to favour Anfield a deal still looks very difficult. Van Dijk would improve nearly every team in England so in that respect you can understand the interest. In respect to Liverpool or Arsenal the improvement would be notable. Chelsea’s defence looks good with Cahill, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Rudiger and Christensen so they are probably least in need although Van Dijk is still good enough to be a starter amongst that list. Man City appear to have focused their attention on Jonny Evans now.
So much remains unknown with Van Dijk’s position. Southampton have done little to give the idea of any transfer encouragement and with no still no destination obvious, I can see this one dragging on into January. The sensible thing is surely to come to some resolution today though and sell.
Never stop working 😎 almost there! pic.twitter.com/HHNAfb2cIi
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) June 2, 2017
Should Southampton sell him or keep him? Where should Van Dijk go? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.