Liverpool on mission to wrap up £60m-valued signing after terms agreed - reports
By Harry Sykes
Liverpool are on a mission to sign Virgil van Dijk after failing to prise him from Southampton this summer, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Merseyside giants, along with Arsenal and Chelsea, remain interested in Van Dijk, who is valued at around £60million.
Southampton rebuffed all interest in the Holland centre-back during the summer window, which came most notably from Liverpool.
He was expected to join Liverpool early on in the window but the Reds were forced to publicly end their interest after Southampton accused them of illegally tapping him up.
Van Dijk handed in a transfer request and pushed hard to get a move to Anfield but the south coast club held firm after deciding at the end of last season that no key players would be permitted to leave.
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However, that didn’t stop the player from preparing for life after St Mary’s, with ESPN FC journalist Gabriele Marcotti claiming he agreed terms with two of those clubs.
On Twitter, a follower put it to him: “I lost count of how many people said VVD would be joining Liverpool… or Chelsea… or Arsenal…”
To which Marcotti replied: “He had a deal in place with two of those clubs… but sometimes stuff happens, as you saw…”
He had a deal in place with two of those clubs…. but sometimes stuff happens, as you saw…
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) September 4, 2017
The defender, 26, returned to first team training on Tuesday after being sidelined throughout August but the hangover of the transfer window remains.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Arsene Wenger exploded in fury during a face-to-face showdown with a Liverpool player days ago.