Southampton has revealed their intention to report Liverpool to the English Premier League board over their alleged unapproved and illegal approach for the defender, Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutch midfielder has revealed that he wants to Liverpool after spending 2 years in Southampton.
The 25-year-old who is highly rated in the EPL is valued at 50 million pounds by Southampton and only just signed a six-year contract last year after his 13 million pounds move from Celtic in September in 2015.
The decision to report the Liverpool is as a result of the fact that Liverpool has not officially approached Southampton to ask for their permission to communicate with Van Dijk.
Liverpool is yet to comment on the alleged poaching but reports suggest that Southampton is not willing to sell the player unless they receive a bumper offer.
The club is said to be irritated by the move by Liverpool as they believe it will unsettle Van Dijk and they are poised to reject any offer for the player.
Top clubs interest
Liverpool is not only the club chasing Van Dijk’s signature as both Manchester City and Chelsea have both indicated passive interest in the player but may not be willing to match Liverpool’s fee for the player.
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It has also been reported that Celtic have a 10 percent stake in the player in their sell-on agreement.
Van Dijk didn’t take part in the last five months of last season as he was nursing an ankle injury that he sustained in their game against Leicester, which they won 3-0 on the 22nd of January.
He also missed out on Southampton’s English Football League final loss against Manchester United. But has shown enough quality that Liverpool are willing to break the bank for the defender as they get ready for a return to the UEFA Champions League.