Monday, 23 July, 2018

Southampton take tough stance on Liverpool target

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Kristopher Love | 28 August, 2017, 21:41

Sanchez's eagerness to leave Arsenal will be forgotten if he plays out the final year of his contract and secures what may be the most lucrative free transfer of all-time next summer, while Costa's spat with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is as much a personal feud as it is a battle with his club.

Virgil van Dijk is "pleading" with Southampton to be allowed to leave the club this summer, as Liverpool and Chelsea continue to chase the defender, according to reports in the British media.

However, Arsenal are not alone in their quest to sign Van Dijk, with Liverpool and Chelsea both making contact with the Saints regarding their skipper.

Southampton vice chairman Les Reed says the club believes Hoedt can "develop even further here at Southampton, alongside his global teammate Virgil van Dijk, as well as the likes of Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida, Jan Bednarek and Florin Gardos".

Paper Round's view: Like Southampton Leicester's stance is admirable but sooner or later they are going to have to crack, they won't be able to offer Champions League football again in most likelihood.

The Southampton defender has attracted interest from several clubs and that has only intensified since he handed in a transfer request just over two weeks' ago.

Recently, we covered a report (via Irish Independent) claiming that Van Dijk has changed his agent to force his exit.

It remains to be seen whether Van Dijk will be granted his wish of a transfer away from St Mary's before the deadline on Thursday night.

Virgil van Dijk is still hopeful of negotiating a move away from Southampton before the end of this transfer window, after it was confirmed he is no longer working with the agent who negotiated his six-year deal with the club last summer.

Liverpool were forced to issue an apology to Southampton after they staged a series of unsolicited talks with Van Dijk and his agent, with the Anfield club insisting they would not make a further move for the player unless they were given the green light by their Premier League rivals.