Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has reiterated the club’s stance regarding Virgil van Dijk’s future and has ruled out selling the player this summer.
It was believed that before making any official approach, Liverpool are waiting for the south coast club to make the centre-half available for sale. But Krueger’s statement clearly suggests that the Saints are not looking to sell the 26-year-old, at least not to the Reds, this summer.
“Virgil is not for sale in this window and it’s not personal,” Krueger told the Daily Echo.
“It’s not about him, it’s about an overall much, much, much bigger picture, a change of course for Southampton.”
Although when asked if the Saints will reject even a ridiculous amount of money for the Dutch star, Krueger replied: “I will tell you one thing – over the years we have spoken I don’t give definite answers where there isn’t a definite.”
Krueger’s comments have come after Chinese business family (Gaos) acquired 80% of the club’s stakes earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Southampton are said to have made a bid of over £15m for Lazio centre-back Wesley Hoedt but the Daily Echo reports that the Saints are looking at the Dutchman as a new addition and not as a replacement for Van Dijk.
Liverpool’s backline has looked completely out of sorts in the opening two games of the new season and while many insist that signing Van Dijk will take our defence to a new level, it is also believed that the Dutchman’s arrival will not change much as the problem lies in Liverpool’s playing style.
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