Southampton are confident of keeping hold of Virgil Van Dijk and are not prepared to let him leave them this Summer.
That’s according to the Southern Daily Echo, who are reporting that the Holland international has not handed in a transfer request to join Liverpool.
It has been reported that the former Celtic centre-back would need to hand in a transfer request in order to force through a move from St Mary’s to Anfield.
But the report claims that such discussions have not taken place and that Van Dijk has not asked Southampton to let him leave – a move that would see him lose compensatory payment on the remaining five seasons of his contract.
Van Dijk is Jurgen Klopp’s number one Summer target and things were looking good earlier in the Summer when reports emerged that claimed the twenty-six year old had chosen Liverpool from the clubs looking to lure him from the south coast.
But the Saints accused Liverpool of making an “illegal approach” and the deal looked dead in the water after the Reds made a statement withdrawing interest in signing Van Dijk.
Despite that public ending of interest, Klopp has maintained hope of landing Van Dijk this Summer – but it now looks like he will be relying on him handing in a transfer request and forcing an exit.
Liverpool have been linked with a £60m bid for Van Dijk, but the article claims that figure would not be enough to tempt Southampton in selling their prize asset.
Southampton reportedly believe that they are due some loyalty from Van Dijk and that forcing a move would be out of character for the Dutchman.