Liverpool’s attempt to sign defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton has just become a lot more complicated.
Further to reports on Monday that the Dutch international has informed Liverpool that they are his preferred destination should he leave St. Marys in the summer, BBC Sport have now alleged that Southampton are to report the Reds to the Premier League for essentially tapping-up their star defender.
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) June 6, 2017
While an investigation itself is not necessarily proof of any wrongdoing, quite how Van Dijk’s preference to move to Liverpool became common knowledge, or even how Liverpool themselves found out about it considering no fee has been agreed between the clubs and therefore no permission was granted to talk to him about a move, is certainly a matter for the Premier League to be looking into.
In any event, how this affects Liverpool’s plans to break their transfer record – and indeed the world record for a defender in a deal that could be worth up to £60m – remains to be seen. Indeed, it could be simply a case of Southampton employing a new leverage tactic having essentially been robbed of a bidding war with Liverpool seeing off competition from Manchester City and Chelsea for his services.