Saints Fans Want The Club To Stand Up And Make Van Dijk Situation Clear !
Sunday, 16th Jul 2017 21:28
Saints supporters are fed up with the constant stories in the media about Virgil Van Dijk and want Saints to stand up and make the situation clear to all parties.
The constant media pressure being applied at the moment regarding Virgil VanDijk from every source with a connection to Liverpool Football Club is nothing short of appalling behaviour from a club who once prided themselves that they did business in the right way be it on or off the field.
Indeed it is even upsetting their current players with ex Saints Dejan Lovren apparently storming out of a press conference when trying to speak about his ambitions next season with Liverpool was asked about Van Dijk.
The constant stories in the media have a clear message, Van Dijk wants to go to Liverpool, he will only go to Liverpool !
The facts though are somewhat different, firstly Van Dijk has yet to actually make a public comment on the situation, he has posted various tweets which the Liverpool supporters eem keen to claim are signs that he wants to go to Anfield, absurdly the latest one after the player was asked whether he was going to Anfield by a fan on Saints current pre season tour, the fact that he turned round and smiled was enough to send various Liverpool fan web sites into meltdown with this apparently being a clear sign he wanted to go.
Saints themselves have publicly stated tat Van Dijk is not for sale, they have said that he is an integral part of their plans for next season.
So the situation is plain, it is a stalemate and Liverpool appear to be trying to force the player into doing the only thing less and that is putting in a transfer request.
So why hasn't Van Dijk done so ? if he is so desperate to go to Liverpool this is the only route now open, Liverpool know that which is why they are now desperate and mounting an increasing media campaign .
There are around £7 million reasons why Van Dijk has not put in the request, all of them pound notes and what would be his share of the transfer fee if he sould technically be sold against his will by not putting in that request.
Even if Saints sold Van Dijk for £70 million as it stands they would have to pay 10% to Celtic and another 10% to the player, it is not a good deal at anything less.
So Saint supporters want the club to stand firm on this, they are sick of clubs and Liverpool in particular strolling up and shouting the odds, Van Dijk has five years left on his contract, one he was happy to sign only a year ago when the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea were not offering him the type of deal that Saints were willing to.
I can understand why he wants to go, but that does not mean that it should be on his or Liverpool's terms.
I understand why Les Reed and Saints are reticent to make public statements, in the past they have had a tendency to blow up in their face due to players calling the shots. But now they need to do so.
All Saints supporters want is to see the club stand up and do what is right for Southampton Football Club, they want the situation to be spelled out in no uncertain terms, they want it clarified.
The problem is that the club had a similar situation last year with Jose Fonte and that did not end well and that is why they are worried about esculating the situation.
But it is fast coming to the point where a line has to be drawn, Van Dijk has to put his cards on the table, the club have to put theirs and Liverpool have to put theirs and that appears to be a price they are not prepared to pay.
They are trying to squeeze the deal through on the cheap, they do not care about Van Dijk as a person, Saints fans might find it ironic, but look at the situation Lovren now finds himself in , he know if Van Dijk signs he is finished, Liverpol don't care about his feeling and they don't care about Van Dijk's bank account, they would rather him throw his £7 million share of the transfer fee away.
So it is stalemate, if Van Dijk truly wants to go for his footballing career then he has to put in a transfer request, then Saints can deal with it in which way they choose, what is not acceptable is the current situation where the player doea nothing and Saints have to sit back and view reports put into the media designed to unsettle the player and try and force him into putting in that transfer request.
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