Club adamant Liverpool won’t sign top 26-year-old defender – report

Southampton haven't softened their stance on Virgil van Dijk amid talk of a move to Liverpool this summer, according to reports

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

Southampton are set to inform Virgil van Dijk that their stance that he will not be sold to Liverpool hasn’t softened, according to reports in England.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino is set to attempt peace talks with the Netherlands international after a fallout with the Southampton board.

The 26-year-old has been training alone in pre-season after the club captain informed the south coast club of his intention to leave in the summer transfer window.

However, Southampton have already reported Liverpool to the Premier League because of their suspicions of an illegal approach earlier this summer.

The Reds were forced to apologise to the Saints in a club statement and officially ended their interest in Van Dijk, although the transfer speculation has persisted.

According to the Daily Telegraph, new Southampton manager Pellegrino is set to hold discussions with Van Dijk about the current situation at St Mary’s.

However, the same story reveals that Van Dijk is unlikely to start Southampton’s opening Premier League game of the 2017-18 season against Swansea City due to the ongoing transfer saga.

The former Celtic defender has established himself as one of the most promising centre-halves in the Premier League over the past two seasons following his switch from Scotland to England.

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