Liverpool could be set to miss out on the signing of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this summer, according to a reliable journalist.
The Times football correspondent Jonathan Northcroft revealed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon that Liverpool were interested in a move for the 25-year-old, but added that rivals Chelsea were most likely to win the race.
When asked by a fan about Liverpool’s interest in the Holland international, Northcroft responded: “Yes interest but more likely to go to Chelsea and Southampton want ££££££.”
Yes interest but more likely to go to Chelsea and Soton want ££££££ https://t.co/H9qxUd88hq
— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) May 30, 2017
The Southampton star is one of the hottest properties on the market this summer, with several of the Premier League’s elite sides reportedly chasing his signature.
But the Mirror have claimed that the Saints are looking for a fee in the region of £50million for van Dijk, which could put-off several potential suitors.
However, their sky-high asking-price is not likely to deter Liverpool, who are keen to strengthen their defensive ranks ahead of their return to the Champions League next season.
They will though, continue to face stiff competition from Premier League champions Chelsea, and Northcroft claims that it is the Blues whom are likely to win the race.
Sky Sports Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio, meanwhile, had earlier claimed that Liverpool were ‘confident’ of securing a deal for van Dijk.
The former Celtic defender arrived at Southampton in £13million deal in 2015, and has since made 68 appearances for the club in all competitions.