Cape Town - Southampton stopper Virgil van Dijk has chosen Liverpool as his preferred destination this summer, according to several reports.
The Saints skipper is a target for several clubs including Chelsea
and Manchester City after showing impressive form since arriving at St.
Mary’s in an £11.5m deal from Celtic in September 2015.
Liverpool have yet to comment on the rumours, but Sky Sports reported
the Anfield club are prepared to break their transfer record to secure
Man City coach Pep Guardiola had identified van Dijk as a target
while Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is also said to be a big fan of the
25-year old Dutch international.
Southampton want to keep him and chairman Ralph Krueger said last
month that the Saints would reject bids of up to £60m for their
Jurgen Klopp, however, is reportedly determined to land Van Dijk and is willing to splash the cash.
Sky also reported that Van Dijk has been swayed by Klopp's involvement in the potential deal.
Were Van Dijk to make the Anfield switch, he would be the latest in a
string of Saints players to make a similar move in recent years along
with Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Rickie
Betting companies have suspended any bets on the Dutchman joining the Reds in what can be seen as the most significant indicator at the potential transfer.