Draxler and van Dijk

Danny Woods
August 22, 2017

The arrival of Van Dijk's compatriot Hoedt at Southampton will fuel the suspicion that the club are making provisions in case a sizeable offer for their exiled defender is received, even though Saints chairman Ralph Krueger making it clear last week that his club was not interested in selling players this summer.

The Dutch global van Dijk handed in a transfer request earlier in the summer and is refusing to play for the club as he tries to force through a move.

While it remains to be seen whether a fourth bid will arrive, Carragher believes the Brazilian will remain at Anfield while admitting that a transfer was possible if Liverpool managed to land their desired trio.

"The problem is it becomes more political than the actual business side of things".

That forceful approach resulted in Liverpool issuing a public apology to Southampton over their illegal approaches to sign Van Dijk, which appears to have ended their hopes of signing the Dutch defender.

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"It's very similar to how Barcelona are courting for Philippe Coutinho".

Steven Gerrard thinks that Liverpool need another "two of three signings" if they are to compete in the league and Champions League this season.

Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the final weeks of the summer transfer window so we'll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe.

Earlier on Monday, Il Tempo hinted the deal was all but done and that the player could indeed be travelling Monday, and it seems they were right, with the Italian website claiming all that needs to be done is for him to pass the medical and put pen to paper.

The 25-year-old has also missed all three of the club's games this season as he recovers from a back injury.

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