Liverpool's sorry ending to Virgil van Dijk transfer rumours

Solenn Plantier
Juin 9, 2017

As exclusively revealed by the Daily Echo, Saints took the step of asking the Premier League to investigate whether an illegal approach had been made, and redoubled their determination not to be bullied into selling their most prized asset.

As a result, Liverpool's chase for the Netherlands worldwide dramatically collapsed on Wednesday night, with the Merseyside giants releasing a statement and apologising for creating media speculation around the player.

Steve Nicol expresses concern Virgil Van Dijk would go the way of Dejan Lovren if he left Southampton for Liverpool.

Yesterday, the Reds published an official apology on their website and confirmed that they have ended interest in hiring the services of Van Dijk this summer.

Southampton's captain revealed Liverpool was his preferred destination over Chelsea and City, and it seemed he was on his way to Anfield with SSN HQ reporting they were prepared to break their transfer record to land him.

As BBC Sport reports, the 25-year-old Southampton defender was linked so strongly with a move to Anfield that the South Coast club lodged an official complaint with the Football Association in which they accused their Premier League rivals of "tapping up" their Dutch worldwide.

That led to high-level talks between the clubs on Wednesday, followed by an announcement that Liverpool had withdrawn their interest in the player.

The 25-year-old who is highly rated in the EPL is valued at 50 million pounds by Southampton and only just signed a six-year contract last year after his 13 million pounds move from Celtic in September in 2015.

As for Van Dijk, Manchester City and Chelsea have both been linked with having an interest during this transfer window, while Southampton are thought to be unwilling to sell.

According to reports, The Reds had been willing to pay £50m for Van Dijk - a world-record fee for a defender.

Last month Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger said that the club would no longer be bullied in the transfer market, saying they were in a position to turn down a £60million bid for Van Dijk.

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