Liverpool will offer top 26-year-old more money than Chelsea – report

Liverpool are prepared to offer Virgil van Dijk more money than Chelsea and Man City, according to reports

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk Photo: Virgil van Dijk / Twitter

Liverpool are prepared to offer Virgil van Dijk more money than Chelsea, according to reports in England.

Yahoo! Sport is reporting that the Reds are hoping to see off competition from Chelsea and Manchester City for the Southampton centre-half.

The same article states that Liverpool’s lucrative package for the 26-year-old and his representatives is one of the reasons why Van Dijk is desperate to move to Anfield.

However, the story reveals that the Saints are determined not to sell the Dutch defender to Liverpool this summer following the Reds’ relentless pursuit of the Netherlands star.

Indeed, with Southampton unwilling to do business with the Merseyside club means that Chelsea or Manchester City could complete a £75m deal to sign the former Celtic man.

Liverpool were forced to issue a statement apologising to Southampton about their pursuit of Van Dijk and officially pulling out of the race for the Saints captain.

Jurgen Klopp has signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window so far.

Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season to secure a return to the Champions League following a two-season absence.

The Reds will take on Bundesliga club Hoffenheim in the playoffs over two legs to book a spot in the group-stage draw.

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