Reports indicate that Manchester City have decided to end their interest and pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk who is appearing to be the transfer market’s hot cakes among the Premier League teams. The drop in interest from the blue side of Manchester after showing serious interest in the services of the player is reportedly due to the £50 million price tag that was slapped on the player by the Saints as they believe he doesn’t worth the amount being slapped on him.
There were reports that the Netherland international had agreed on personal terms with Liverpool only for Southampton to lodge an official complaint against the club from the red side of Merseyside for their approach to the player, and allegedly tapping up the player.
The Merseyside outfit being managed by Jurgen Klopp then issued an apology and also ended their interest in the pursuit of the player. The Mirror now reports that the Citizens have also made a similar decision as they believe that the player’s quality and caliber is not worth a record transfer fee for a defender.
Southampton who initially slapped a £70 million price tag on the defender are now willing to lower the player’s price tag due to the controversies surrounding the player according to reports but it’s left to be seen how this development pans out.
According to reports, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea who are the Premier League holders, are now the only club who are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Van Dijk who shone as a quality defender in his stay so far with the Saints.
Van Dijk has been a revelation at Southampton, proving his consistency with the club game after game since his arrival. He has been a standout performer and mainstay in the Saints lineup. He has 7 goals to his name in 68 appearances for Southampton since he made the £13 million move to the club from Scottish Champions Celtic in 2015