Liverpool’s pursuit of Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk just got tougher for the Anfield giants.
The Reds have been long-term admirers of the Dutchman and were forced to apologise for tapping up the defender which almost led to an investigation some weeks back.
That episode did not seem to stop the Reds from still wanting the player. However, they would need to pay more now. Van Dijk was available for about £50 million earlier in the summer, but since the allegations of tapping up by Liverpool, the Saints have become more determined to keep hold of their prized asset and are set to demand £70 million for his signature.
Southampton is optimistic that Van Dijk would enjoy working with their new manager, Mauricio Pellegrino who was installed this week.
The Dutchman wants to join a Champions League club but has as much as 4 years left on his current deal which he signed last summer, which gives Southampton a huge advantage when negotiating.
The defender has not spoken about his future since he declared his preference for a move to Liverpool which led to the tapping up allegations.