Virgil van Dijk faces a choice between three clubs this summer after it emerged that Liverpool ‘are prepared to match the financial clout’ of their two closest rivals.
The Reds have identified Southampton centre-half Van Dijk as their priority signing in terms of defenders, and are hopeful of completing a deal when the transfer window opens in July.
However, it was reported at the weekend that, while the Dutchman was ‘impressed’ with the club, he was on the verge of joining Manchester City as they offered him £200,000 a week in wages.
According to the Liverpool Echo, such talk is ‘premature’, and Liverpool are still in with a chance of landing the 25-year-old.
It is by no means a U-turn – Jurgen Klopp’s side ‘face a real battle to convince’ him to move to Anfield.
But it offers a glimmer of hope for Liverpool, who were previously thought to be unable to match Manchester City in the financial stakes.
Van Dijk might not move north at all, with Chelsea also establishing themselves as front-runners for his signature.
Liverpool ‘still believe money will not be the decisive factor’, and it is merely stated that they have offered the defender ‘a similar financial package’, not necessarily that they have offered the same £200,000 a week as City.
The decision is now down to Van Dijk, who has three strong offers on the table.