Southampton have reported Liverpool to the Premier League for allegedly making an illegal approach to the defender Virgil Van Dijk.
The south coast club were furious to see stories on Monday that suggested Liverpool were in the driving seat to sign Van Dijk this summer, in the face of interest from other leading clubs – namely Chelsea and Manchester City. It is understood that Van Dijk’s preference lies with a move to Anfield.
Southampton have made it clear to the Premier League that they have received no official approach from Liverpool for Van Dijk and stressed that the player has 5 years to run on his contract, meaning they are in a strong position regarding his future.
Liverpool are willing to pay a world-record sum for a defender – expected to be around £60m.
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