Can Southampton really balk at Tottenham's asking price for Wimmer given Van Dijk's price tag?

General view inside the stadium before the match - St Mary's Southampton

Southampton are said to be interested in the Tottenham Hotspur defender but are unwilling to pay Spurs' asking price.

Gillingham's Cody McDonald in action with Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer

According to a report from the Mirror, while Southampton are interested in signing Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham Hotspur this summer, they will only do so if the North London club reduces their £20million asking price.

But should the Saints really be balking at such a fee when - as reported by the same publication - they want between £70million and £80million for Virgil van Dijk?

Obviously to some degree the Dutchman's price tag is a prohibitory figure, ensuring the Saints keep the 25-year-old unless they receive an offer that is literally too good to refuse.  

But at the same time Southampton clearly understand the inflated market, meaning they cannot expect to push Tottenham too much lower in their own estimation of Wimmer's value.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is one of the canniest negotiators around, and while he would be making a sizable profit on Wimmer if the Austrian leaves this summer, he will not accept a low-ball offer simply to get the player off his books.

If Southampton want to play the transfer game, which they have clearly embraced when it comes to pricing Van Dijk out of a move that would substantially weaken themselves while strengthening a direct rival, they have to accept that signing Premier League quality players for less than £20million has become the exception rather than the norm.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk heads clear

Wimmer proved during his first season at Tottenham that he is an impressive centre-back who can excel in the top flight, and while his second campaign was a slight step back he could be exactly what Southampton are looking for.

In fact, alongside Van Dijk he could shine, just as he did when partnered with Toby Alderweireld during Jan Vertonghen's injury lay-off back in 2016.

The question is: Will Southampton dig a little deeper for the Tottenham man or do exactly what they hoped their rivals would do with Van Dijk and balk at his transfer fee?

Tottenham's Kevin Wimmer in action with Monaco's Valere Germain

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