- Southampton are willing to cash in on VVD this January
- Centre-back remains Klopp’s no.1 defensive target
- 26-year-old likely to become world’s most expensive defender
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The backpage of the Mirror today states in no uncertain terms that Virgil van Dijk is available for £70m.
That would make Southampton’s Dutchman the most expensive defender in football history by quite some distance.
Their report is being covered everywhere, following manager Mauricio Pellegrino’s quotes that ‘everybody has a price’ – amid talk of Liverpool coming back in for the powerhouse.
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) November 16, 2017
£70m is a crazy sum and in fairness, not reflective of van Dijk’s form this season.
He’s not been the exceptional centre-back we got to know during the first half of last term, before injury scuppered his progress.
Still, he’s the only player Klopp wants to bolster his backline, and with plenty of transfer funds in the coffers, it may just be beneficial to pay what’s required.
If van Dijk can shore up our defence and take on a leadership role that is so desperately required, it’ll be money well spent, anyway.
What’s more, he isn’t cup-tied in Europe, so will be available for the remainder of our Champions League campaign, providing we qualify from the group.
Make it happen, FSG.