Saints set to raise Van Dijk asking price

Posted June 08, 2017

Dutch global defender Virgil van Dijk is set to become the world's most expensive defender and join English Premier League giants Liverpool from rivals Southampton, according to British media reports.

Southampton are understood to have asked the Premier League yesterday to investigate an alleged illegal approach from Klopp and co.

Liverpool Football Club remain locked in talks with Southampton over the proposed transfer of Virgil van Dijk to Anfield.

'We respect Southampton's position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player'.

Celtic will get 10 per cent of any fee Southampton receive for van Dijk - due to a clause inserted in the defender's contract when he joined the Saints in August 2015.

"Can we? Yes", Krueger said.

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The 25-year-old Netherlands worldwide is fast emerging as one of the Premier League's most in-demand players in the 2017 summer transfer after his commanding performances in the Southampton side.

"I can make that statement and - unless football decides it's in the best interests - we don't need to do that".

According to Premier League rules, "a club intending to conclude a contract with a progessional must inform the player's current club in writing before entering into negotiations with him".

As Premier League fans will know, the 25-year-old defender exudes confidence when he plays and his ability to read the game and dominate opponents is exemplary.

Southampton feels that Liverpool has taken the latest in a series of steps aimed at raiding St. Mary's, as the Reds have purchased Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Nathaniel Clyne, and others from the South Coast set.

Despite Lovren's storming off, a former coach believes the Liverpool defender has the character to fight for his place in the team, whether that be at club level or with Croatia.