Virgil van Dijk is still a Southampton player - but for how long?
Southampton supporters must be wishing that, one day, they could enjoy a quiet, relaxing summer. The South Coast club have been forced to get used to losing their key players each and every summer and speculation suggests they in danger of a repeat again this year.
However, at least Virgil van Dijk appears to be remaining a Southampton player for now. According to the BBC, Liverpool have dropped their interest in the Dutchman after the Saints accused them of making an illegal approach for the centre-back.
Liverpool had been reportedly closing in on a world record £60 million deal, The Mirror reports.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp needs defensive reinforcements
Yet, regardless of whether Van Dijk follows Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Morgan Schneiderlin and co out the exit door this summer, defensive reinforcements remain a priority.
After all, the mid-season departure of Jose Fonte to West Ham left Southampton short of options at the back – especially with Van Dijk missing most of the second half of the season with an ankle injury.
West Ham United's Jose Fonte
Therefore, this perhaps explains reports that they will make a move for Lech Poznan defender Jan Bednarek, according to Przeglad Sportowy.
The 21-year-old is certainly a typical Southampton signing; young, affordable and with bags of potential. Bednarek helped Poznan finish third in the Polish top flight last season and, though he is yet to win a senior international cap, he is tipped to make his bow for Adam Newalka’s side in the near future.
Przeglad Sportowy report that he could be available for £5.25 million – a fee that would make him the most expensive export in the history of Polish football.
Southampton manager Claude Puel