Southampton Have Not Received Transfer Request From Liverpool Target Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk has reportedly not handed in a transfer request to Southampton to force a move to Anfield this summer, with the Saints remaining confident that they can hold on to their star man.
The 26-year-old is reported to have signalled his desire to make the move to Liverpool this summer, with widespread suggestions that he has even gone as far as speaking with the Saints hierarchy to try and push for a move to Merseyside.
However, that would seemingly indicate that a transfer request had been made to pressurise the Saints into negotiations with Liverpool but the Daily Echo report that no such conversations have taken place, and the Dutch international has not attempted to force through a move in any capacity.
A transfer request would result in Van Dijk forgoing his right to compensation for the remaining five-years on his contract, and it is understood that a forceful attempt to leave would be out of character for the defender.
So the only way we are getting Virgil van Dijk is if he hands in a transfer request.— showmethemoney (@smtm_LFC) July 18, 2017
Come on Virgil....its on you.
The report indicates that Southampton are confident they can keep a hold of their key defender, with Liverpool's previous advances already fended off through a report to the Premier League for an alleged illegal approach of their player.
It caused the Reds to publicly issue an apology and retract their interest in the centre-back, but rumblings have continued as it is widely assumed that Liverpool have not yet given up hope of bringing Van Dijk to Anfield this summer.
The assumptions have been maintained based solely on Van Dijk's perceived desire to move to Liverpool and no alternatives yet sourced by Jurgen Klopp.
A £60m fee has been mooted for the centre-back but the Daily Echo understands that the figure has never been enough to cause Southampton to relinquish their defender.
It could all change if the 26-year-old does in fact back the Saints into a corner, but after signing a six-year deal last summer Southampton remain adamant that they want to keep hold of Van Dijk as they believe they are entitled to his loyalty following his long injury lay-off.