Liverpool and Manchester City have been dealt a huge transfer blow as Southampton CEO, Ralph Kreuger believes that highly sought after defender, Virgil Van Dijk is nowhere near the exit at St. Mary’s stadium.
The 25-year-old Netherlands international has grown into one of the best defenders in the division, and has been labelled as a top transfer target for a host of the league’s top teams, most notably Liverpool and Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are looking at the former Celtic man’s signature to bolster their depleted defensive options and may make a bid upwards of £50m in the summer to tempt Southampton to letting go of their prized asset.
Kreuger, the Saints chief said recently on Talk Sport, while having an exclusive interview with Jim White:
“Virgil is committed to us for a long time and we don’t see anything but that in our future,” We will be sitting together in a few weeks to look at our summer transfer window and what the plans are.
“At the moment, Virgil is very committed to us. He is our team captain and we see him in our red and white stripes.” he added.
Van Dijk is a tall, physically imposing defender known for his ball playing abilities, excellent tacking and astute reading of the game. He has assumed leadership at the club after Jose Fonte’s exit to West Ham and is one of the first names on Claude Puel’s team sheet. He is currently out injured after suffering a nasty ankle injury during a clash with Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy early last month.
He is currently tied to the South Coast club till the summer of 2022, so i don’t personally think a deal can be concluded soon but let take this with a pitch of salt and see what comes out of the deal in the summer.