Southampton are standing firm in their stance towards Virgil van Dijk’s price-tag but appear to be open to another approach from Liverpool for the defender.
Recent reports have been the clearest suggestion that the Reds will launch a fresh approach for the Dutchman despite having previously been forced to apologise and end interest in the player following a complaint from Southampton over an apparent illegal pursuit.
Jurgen Klopp has now been told by the Saints that he will have to meet the full £70million asking price to have any chance of signing the centre-back, according to the Daily Express.
This seems to reiterate the growing belief that Liverpool remain in the hunt for the 25-year-old and that an official offer could soon be made.
Van Dijk appears to have set his heart on a move to Anfield with latest developments suggesting he will tell Chelsea he wants to work with Klopp before they make their supposedly imminent £60million bid.
If £70million is what it will take, then it’s time for the club to pay up and avoid a repeat of the embarrassing outcome of their initial enquiry.
Fans don’t want this to materialise into the long-term saga it has threatened to become and Liverpool are in no position to make mistakes this time.
For now, it seems likely the Reds will turn their attention towards possible deals for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.