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Chelsea handed boost in pursuit of Liverpool target

08 August, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Holland manager Dick Advocaat has urged Southampton to grant Van Dijk's wishes of a move

Chelsea and Liverpool look set to go head-to-head in the battle to sign Virgil van Dijk after the ambitious Dutch centre-back confirmed that he has submitted a transfer request and urged Southampton to considered interest from "top clubs" involved in European competition.

After reports emerged in June that he was on the verge of a £60million transfer to Liverpool, Southampton reported them to the Premier League for making an alleged illegal approach.

This comes after fellow Premier League campaigners Liverpool pulled out of the race to sign the 26-year-old Dutch global. We can not force the things and we would never get a centre-back just because [of the sake of it].

The Reds have already rejected two bids from Barcelona with Jurgen Klopp insistent the Brazil worldwide will not be leaving Anfield.

"You can condemn it, but come on, if you can earn five times as much at a top English club, then I understand you're going to take action", he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. Five. Then you win a prize.

You can imagine we are still working on different things and we will see if it works.

SOUTHAMPTON will resist any offer from Liverpool for their centre-half Virgil van Dijk, preferring to deal with Chelsea.

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"Whatever way the finances are organised, Liverpool's ambitions for next season will be shaped by their transfer trading in the next couple of months", states former Liverpool striker John Aldridge.

"I am here to work with this squad and not just always thinking "but if we don't get this or this". No".

Speaking after the 3-1 friendly win over Athletic Bilbao in Dublin, Klopp said: "We have four centre-backs".

"They had a really good record and in pre-season they're looking very strong".

I think only one player is not enough to improve our team, ' said Conte. "With Champions League football now secure, Klopp knows this is an opportunity his club simply can not ignore".

A price tag of close to $70 million sits on Van Dijk, and Southampton has added center back Jan Bednarek from Lech Poznan on this summer.

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