The Virgil van Dijk calamity is refusing to disappear with the latest developments revealing details of the defender’s meetings with Jurgen Klopp while also suggesting Chelsea could be investigated over an illegal approach.
Rarely has there been a transfer saga similar to that of Van Dijk’s, nor has there been one quite as humiliating as far as Liverpool are concerned.
For a deal to seemingly collapse after Van Dijk himself had reportedly opted for a move to Anfield over Manchester City and Chelsea proved to be a demoralising start to a vital transfer window. So much promise was cut short by an investigation launched by Southampton into the club’s approach for the Dutchman, subsequently leading to Liverpool apologising before ending their interest in the player.
Van Dijk held one-on-one talks with Liverpool and Klopp himself and received messages regarding how he would fit into the team, according to Yahoo Sport.
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. Despite the setback, a number of fans remain quietly confident that a deal may still be possible. That said, it would take some serious u-turn at this stage with Southampton continuing to reiterate that their star man is not for sale.
With Liverpool’s apology having been accepted, there is now the chance that a similar investigation could be led surrounding Chelsea’s pursuit of the former Celtic star, according to independent.ie.
The fact the drama has come so early on suggests a lot could still happen this summer, which is why, as exhausting as it is, Van Dijk is one worth keeping a watchful eye on- if you wasn’t already doing so.