- Pearce thinks van Dijk to Liverpool this January is a possibility
- However, enormous fee required and City also keen
- Liverpool’s defence is poor and needs emergency strengthening
- SEE MORE: Jaw-dropping January price for Virgil van Dijk named
The guys at LFC Transfer Room have done excellently to secure an exclusive with the Echo’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce.
Pearce is known as one of the most reliable guys out there when it comes to Anfield reporting – so we’ve listened carefully to what he has to say.
The question we found most interesting was the one regarding Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool’s chances of securing the Dutchman in January.
Pearce reckons that there’s definitely a chance of us buying the 26-year-old this winter, providing we stump up the required amount of cash.
We didn’t make any official bids during the summer, with FSG keen to build trust with Southampton’s board.
“Liverpool have been keen to repair relations with Southampton but whether that will lead to the Van Dijk transfer happening only time will tell,” he said. “It all depends whether Liverpool offer the kind of fee which would convince the South Coast outfit to do business. Saints weren’t happy with how Liverpool conducted that saga last summer and that’s why they dug their heels in so much. FSG were adamant Liverpool couldn’t be seen to be pursing Van Dijk again during that window after being accused of tapping up the defender but there’s nothing to stop them tabling a bid in January.”
Of course, bidding enough money isn’t the only issue, with Manchester City making van Dijk their priority for January as well.
The Times claim the title favourites are keen on the £70m centre-back, with John Stones and Vincent Kompany currently injured and unavailable.
Obviously, the Sky Blues can pay astronomical wages and can basically guarantee van Dijk a winner’s medal if he joins, as well as the chance to develop under Pep Guardiola.
We’ll have to move smart and fast, something the club has very much failed to do in recent windows.