Everton should give up on Koeman's pipe dream van Dijk

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk looks dejected after a missed chance

Virgil van Dijk has suitors far more successful than Everton and the club would be wise to focus on more realistic targets.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring their first goalDefender Virgil van Dijk is also a threat in the opposition box, having scored four goals this season

Everton are said to be preparing a summer bid for Virgil van Dijk but would be better off focusing their efforts on a more realistic option.

Polished on the ball, commanding in the air and on the ground and a physically imposing specimen, Van Dijk is a fine defender and one manager Ronald Koeman knows well, so the appeal obvious.

But if Southampton’s asking price – £55 million according to the Liverpool Echo – isn’t enough to turn them off, the overwhelming evidence that the Saints won’t sell to their former manager should.

Despite being content to sell their stars in recent years, the one thing Southampton have been reluctant to do is let them join ex-managers.

The way in which Victor Wanyama’s move to Tottenham didn’t go ahead until he had less than 12 months left on his contract – and manner in which reported Spurs interest in Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin was resisted – is testament to that.

 

Time to step it up

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Koeman’s exit still rankles at St Mary’s, so the club selling him their best player seems hugely unlikely.

A second big reason van Dijk won’t join the Toffees is the caliber of other clubs chasing his signature.

Manchester City are keen, per Manchester Evening News, Chelsea too says The Telegraph and The Times has also reported that Liverpool, a favourite destination for Southampton players, are interested as well.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk in action with Everton's Romelu LukakuIf Romelu Lukaku and van Dijk are team-mates next season it likely won't be at Everton

With teams that routinely challenge foe the Premier League title interested, plus the Reds, it’s hard to see van Dijk choosing Everton. He’ll turn 26 in the summer and is ready to join a club at the top now, not one that might be there in a few years.

Everton's energy would be better spent selling the virtues of life at Goodison Park to more realistic targets.

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