European giants chasing Southampton stopper Virgil van Dijk
The 25 years old, Netherlands born, Southampton stopper Virgil van Dijk has already impressed everyone by his excellent talent of defending along with his prowess in having the final say in very tough aerial duels, concentration and ball intercepting abilities. Groningen academy graduate & former FC Groningen stopper is now one of the main targets of several clubs.
Liverpool are the one who are planning to smash their transfer record of 35m£ to sign Virgil van Dijk as the Merseyside outfit’s boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to splash 50m£ for him. The highly-rated former Celtic stopper is Klopp’s priority in the transfer market. Liverpool legend John Barnes also wants to see him at Anfield.
According to Reports, four times EPL champions Chelsea FC are close to signing the young Dutchman as the Blues want a replacement of their legendary captain John Terry. The London-based club offering to throw in Andreas Christensen into the deal, when the Danish centre-half returns from his second season on loan with Borussia Monchengladbach this summer.
Manchester City is one of the favourites in the race of signing Van Dijk as the Southampton star is keen to work with City manager Pep Guardiola according to Daily star and Metro. The ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munchen manager wants a long term replacement of injury prone Vincent Kompany & the Spaniard thinks Van Dijk is the perfect one to replace him.
A week ago Corriere Dello Sport reported that Italian giant Inter Milan are looking for an audacious summer swoop for the St Mary’s defender. Inter boss Pioli wants a steady stopper to partner with Miranda & they are willing to pay 40m£ for the Dutchman.
Former Liverpool and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers praised the Southampton youngster and told Talk sports, “He’s 6ft 4in, he’s fast, he can play, he’s an international footballer, he’s good in the air – he’s got everything. You saw that in a player like Wanyama when he was up here as well, you know they’re a top player.
“Virgil is at a great club, let’s not forget, Southampton is a fantastic club, and if he left there then, of course, it would have to be what you would consider being one of the top four or top six clubs.”