Liverpool may have ended their interest in Virgil Van Dijk, but the signs are still pointing to a Southampton exit for the player this summer.
Things took an unexpected turn last night, after Liverpool apologised following accusations of an “illegal approach” from Southampton, but the news could only serve to open the door to other interested parties.
There is still no guarantee that the £50m-rated Van Dijk will now be staying at Southampton over the Summer, and you only have to look back at the case of Clint Dempsey in 2012 to understand why.
After all, it’s not the first time Liverpool have been accused of making illegal approaches for players. Five years ago, the club announced via their website that Fulham’s Clint Dempsey had signed for the club and the club issued a pretty embarrassing apology.
The rumours only serve to unsettle the player, who ended up moving to Tottenham instead, and the situation might just prove to be the same with Van Dijk.
The defender has been imperious for Southampton since his £13m move from Celtic in 2015, keeping seven clean sheets in 21 appearances last term before being sidelined with an ankle injury, and a host of other clubs are reported to be interested in securing his signature over the summer transfer window.
Betting had been suspended on Van Dijk joining Liverpool earlier this week, but the door is now well and truly open for the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid, who have also been linked with the player over recent days.
Van Dijk even reportedly stated that he was keen on a move to Anfield recently, and even though a move to Liverpool is now out of the equation, the comments suggest that Van Dijk is still very open minded about a move away from the club.
Southampton fans may be breathing a sigh of relief after last night’s events, but there’s still no guarantee that Van Dijk will be playing his football at St Mary’s next season.