Virgil van Dijk transfer would land Celtic bumper windfall

Kristopher Nichols
June 8, 2017

Liverpool appear to have edged ahead in the race for in-demand Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who has indicated he prefers a move to Anfield.

This follows Southampton's request to the Premier League that the Anfield club be investigated after it became clear that Liverpool had spoken to the Dutchman without Saints' permission.

Van Dijk has not yet formally confirmed to his club he wants to move and Liverpool have...

Van Dijk was said to have impressed Klopp by stopping Liverpool's forwards in a calm and composed way during a 0-0 draw at St Mary's last November.

Football journalist Andy Brassell then correctly stated that the fee is nearly irrelevant, because Liverpool can afford it and there aren't many great central defenders available. Asked in a recent interview about Van Dijk becoming his teammate this summer, the Croatian was visibly anxious over such speculation.

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Southampton have consistently said they do not intend to sell Van Dijk, who joined from Celtic for 13 million pounds in September 2015 and signed a new six-year contract in 2016. "The 6'4" Dutchman made an instant impact at the club thanks to his strong presence in the air while his positional discipline saw him average almost three interceptions a game.

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

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

Liverpool are, without a doubt, a superb attacking unit but lack the defensive prowess to challenge for top honours but the arrival of Van Dijk would be a step in the right direction.

They have admitted to making an illegal approach last year to a 12-year-old attached to Stoke's academy. The second year of the ban is suspended for three years.

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