Southampton are demanding up to £75million for Virgil van Dijk after reporting Liverpool to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach.
The 25-year-old centre-back wants to make the switch from St Mary’s to Anfield but Southampton officials are trying to block his exit and have subsequently placed the ridiculous valuation on his head.
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Although Van Dijk was not interested in signing for Manchester City, their £60million offer – £10m more than want Southampton were originally looking for – was a price that Southampton felt they could now demand. However, since throwing a strop, Southampton are now said to be looking for a minimum fee of £65million that could rise to £75million.
Liverpool are confident that the player’s determination to make the switch to Liverpool having now considered all of his options will enable a deal to proceed. Sadly, though, it may be dragged out for some time.
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