Chelsea could face complaint from Southampton over Virgil van Dijk transfer

Solenn Plantier
Juin 11, 2017

This week, Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League after it emerged that defender Virgil van Dijk had been privately courted by the Reds without written permission from Southampton.

The extent of Liverpool's approach resulted in several messages between Klopp and the 25-year-old, while the Liverpool manager even sent the Netherlands global videos about his future team tactics.

We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk will not be available on the cheap, however, with Southampton reportedly holding out for £60 million.

The report also suggested that the centre-back had already agreed personal terms with Liverpool and that he has since "kicked up a fuss" in an attempt to force a move away from St Mary's.

Saints are now looking into the levels of contact between Chelsea officials and Van Dijk before considering their next move, with the defender now left in limbo after he made it clear he wants to leave the club despite having five-years left to run on the contract he signed only last summer.

The report claims that Southampton's hierarchy are "more determined than ever" to keep hold of Van Dijk and will only allow the Dutchman to leave if a significantly large offer is received.

Southampton's decision to take Liverpool's illegal approach to the FA has also forced Klopp's side to end their interest in the player.

That figure is believed to be in excess of £70m, which may well be enough to fend off interest in all interested parties.

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