Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly refusing to give up on signing Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this summer, but his new price-tag may end that pursuit.
The Reds were forced into a public apology earlier this month after the Saints issued a complaint about them tapping up the Dutch international.
It appeared as though that would end their interest in the commanding central defender in order to avoid falling into hot water or irritating their Premier League rivals further, but according to The Express, Klopp isn’t ready to give up on his top target yet.
Further, it’s claimed that Southampton are resigned to losing Van Dijk this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester City also keen, but any interested party will have to meet his staggering £70m price-tag which has increased since Liverpool’s row over their approach.
Having completed the signing of Mohamed Salah this week, Liverpool supporters will hope that there are more reinforcements to come this summer with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain mentioned as another target in this specific report.
With their return to the Champions League to consider, it’s only natural that big-money signings will be linked, and completed, in the coming weeks, but naturally it will be hoped that key additions are made capable of making immediate impacts.
Given the Merseyside giants conceded 42 goals in 38 league games last season, the worst defensive record of the top four sides, they’ll be hoping that a signing like Van Dijk can shore things up at the back and make them a more formidable all-round unit.
Nevertheless, considering what has happened already this summer with the 25-year-old, it’s difficult to see how the situation ends with Liverpool signing him having had to make that apology and backtrack with their interest.