8 Dec 2016

Inside Info: Journo claims he's been 'told' that 'Liverpool' transfer for 'superb' £25m international is a no-go

Liverpool are heavily linked with a move for Virgil Van Dyke, but is Klopp really interested?

Earlier this week, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that Van Dijk has a £25m clause in his contract, and further claimed:

"Liverpool have sent scouts to watch Van Dijk every week for the last two months. They want to sign him in January, and are willing to pay £25m".

On Wednesday, Matt Law, a football correspondent with The Telegraph, claimed to have some inside information on the alleged deal:

"I'm told tonight that Liverpool have no interest in Virgil Van Dijk despite what Dutch papers say".

Given Klopp's historical frugality in the transfer market, a move for Van Dijk always seemed fanciful, especially at the prices being quoted:

* In his entire managerial career, Klopp has never spent more than €10m on a central defender.

* At Dortmund, Klopp signed Matthias Ginter and Sokratis for €10m apiece, with Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels costing a combined €10m.

* The pattern has continued at Liverpool. Joel Matip arrived on a free, and Ragnar Klavan cost £4.5m.

The trend in Klopp's transfer history is obvious: He prefers to spend big money on attacking players, but is seemingly unwilling to splurge on defenders. As such, unless Liverpool can sign Van Dijk for €10m, it seems unlikely that he'll end up at Anfield in January.


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