Club could turn down £60m for star amid reported Chelsea, Liverpool interest
Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger insists Chelsea, Liverpool target Virgil Van Dijk won't be sold this summer
Southampton would be willing to turn down a £60m offer for Virgil van Dijk this summer, according to the club’s chairman.
The Independent reported on Tuesday evening that Van Dijk is one of six targets for the Premier League champions in the summer transfer window.
The Netherlands international has also been linked with a £50m switch to Liverpool at the end of the 2016-17 season after an impressive season.
Van Dijk has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League in the current campaign, although his season was cut short due to a knee injury.
Arsenal and Manchester United have also been touted with an interest to sign the former Celtic defender given his commanding performances in the Southampton defence.
However, Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has spoken about Van Dijk’s future at the south coast club is secure despite transfer speculation.
“We do not need to sell any player for the first time since I’ve been here,” Krueger is quoted as saying by The Liverpool Echo.
“I can make that statement and – unless football decides it’s in the best interests – we don’t need to do that.
Asked whether Southampton would turn down a £60m offer for Van Dijk in the summer, Krueger said:
“Can we? Yes. The big thing is here again I want to underline the strategy, less the detail.
“You know I really respect our lead in football, Les Reed is doing an excellent job, and Ross Wilson has taken on a big role assisting Les and leading our football-specific decisions.
“They will continue next week once they’ve analysed the season and really de-brief completely, they will make then the football decision we need to make.
“I’ll tell you again, we do not need to sell anybody.”
Van Dijk moved to Southampton from Celtic in a £10m deal in 2014.