Comments from Southampton manager fuel rumours of a fresh Liverpool move for Virgil van Dijk
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he cannot give any assurance that Liverpool transfer target Virgil van Dijk will still be at his club at the end of the January transfer window.
Liverpool made a series of attempts to sign Van Dijk last summer, but their pursuit of the Dutch centre-back was halted when it was revealed the Anfield club had made an unsolicited approach for the player and were forced to issue an apology.
Independent.ie reported throughout last summer that Southampton would not consider selling Van Dijk to Liverpool at any price, even after the defender handed in a transfer request and demanded a move.
Yet we were also informed that Southampton would reconsider their stance on Van Dijk in the January transfer window if the player failed to fulled recommit to the club.
While boss Pellegrino has been satisfied with Van Dijk attitude in recent weeks, Southampton officials may now be willing to consider a sale as it has been made clear that they players still has ambitions to move on.
Now these comments from Pellegrino ahead of Saturday's game against Liverpool will add to the suspicion that a deal could be done in the first month of 2018.
When asked if Van Dijk will be sold in January, Pellegrino told The Mirror: "I don’t know. I can’t control the market.
"You never know, because when we talk about money everybody has got a price. I can’t decide about that. This is a question for our owners.
"The budget is to sign players and the biggest teams have got money to try to sign players.
"Everybody is focused on their area, to try to bring the best players possible for their club. It is something that happens every single transfer window.
"We have got a lot of good players and most of the teams want to sign them."
Liverpool are expected to make a fresh move for Van Dijk in January, but Southampton's £70m price tag on their prized asset will test the Anfield club's ambition to seal a deal.