Liverpool remain in the hunt to sign Virgil van Dijk – despite claims the Southampton defender has decided his future.

Reports last night stated Manchester City had won the race to sign the in-demand Holland international, beating the Reds and Chelsea to his signature by agreeing a £60million deal.

However, such suggestions are premature, with the player still at the centre of a three-way battle for his services.

Van Dijk is Liverpool's top target this summer with the club willing to smash their transfer record to sign the 25-year-old as well as make him one of their highest earners.

The Reds have been encouraged by the feedback they have been receiving from van Dijk's representatives, with Jurgen Klopp believing the Dutchman can instantly improve the Reds defence.

Last night's report claimed van Dijk had agreed a £200,000-a-week five-year deal to play for Pep Guardiola's City, just days after it was rumoured City were prepared to offer £180,000 per week.

Liverpool, though, are confident van Dijk's decision will not come down solely to money, with it believed the player has been impressed by Klopp's vision for the team.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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