Liverpool will have to pay £40m for Virgil van Dijk, warns Matt Le Tissier
The Southampton legend attempts to warn off potential suitors after valuing Virgil van Dijk at £40m ahead of January transfer window
Matt Le Tissier believes Liverpool will have to pay at least £40m to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
The Netherlands international has been one of the Premier League’s most impressive centre-halves in the opening 13 games of the 2016-17 season.
Van Dijk helped the Saints battle to a goalless stalemate with free-scoring Liverpool at St Mary’s in the Premier League last month.
Southampton have the fourth-best defensive record in the Premier League behind Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
The Saints have conceded two goals less than Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side in the 2016-17 campaign so far.
The Reds have a record of pillaging the south coast club in recent seasons after signing Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Sadio Mane.
However, the club’s former captain Le Tissier has attempted to scare off Liverpool ahead of the January transfer window after valuing Van Dijk at at least £40m.
“From what I have seen this season, I’d suggest it would take between £40-50m to get Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton,” Le Tissier told The Daily Record – as quoted by The Liverpool Echo.
“I would be very surprised if he was let go for anything less than that because he has signed a new long-term deal. Celtic will have a sell-on clause and rightly so. That’s good business by them.
“If Van Dijk stayed for a couple of years I’d be absolutely delighted. But I doubt we’ll keep him for that long. I’m hoping we can at least keep him until the end of the season because then it doesn’t disrupt things too much. Hopefully, we don’t lose him in January.
“We have signed three top-notch players from Celtic who have managed to do very good jobs. Big Vic has moved on but he did a cracking job during his time here.
“Fraser is still terrific but Van Dijk is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League at the moment. He is as good as that. I have seen a lot of Southampton this season.
“At times, he looks like a man playing in a boy’s game. He really does. He had Romelu Lukaku in his pocket for the entire game Everton on Sunday. He is superb.
“I wasn’t surprised by Southampton going to Celtic and Scottish football for players because I know the scouting system at the club is superb. They do real in-depth research into players they buy.
“Yes, you are taking something of a chance because you don’t know how they are going to react when they come to the Premier League. So far, though, they have picked out three absolute gems.”
Liverpool signed seven players in the summer transfer window, including centre-halves Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip.