Virgil van Dijk has alerted Southampton of his intention to join Liverpool, reports the Mirror.
The Dutchman recently returned to pre-season training and according to Steve Bates, has already asked the Saints to let him depart – despite being tied down to a five year contract.
The report suggests that Liverpool are waiting patiently and still believe van Dijk will sign, despite having to publicly end our interest in June due to an illegal approach.
Chelsea are buying Antonio Rudiger, while United have bought Victor Lindelof – meaning our only realistic competition is Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp though has already convinced van Dijk of our project and the expectation is that the defender, who turned 26 yesterday, will push for a Merseyside switch.
Now, the move depends on whether Southampton will relent and sell their captain, having continuously stated they won’t be pressured into a transfer.
Liverpool also have to submit a bid, but we predict this one will drag on until the end of the window. Our chances of buying van Dijk will be greatly improved if he kicks up a fuss, so this report is positive for those wanting him.