One of the biggest potential deals of this summer transfer window looks to be gathering momentum and could be completed very soon.
The big money deal to take Virgil Van Dijk to Liverpool from Southampton appears to be edging ever nearer. After battling it out with financial giants Manchester City and Chelsea for the central defender, it now appears that Liverpool have won the battle. Reports suggest the deal will see Liverpool pay a whopping £60m for Van Dijk. This would make him by far the most expensive defender in world football, eclipsing the fees paid for John Stones and David Luiz in recent seasons.
For Liverpool to splash this kind of cash shows their intent in building a squad capable of being competitive in both the Premier League and the added games of the Champions League. This also represents a much needed signing of real quality in a position where Liverpool are clearly lacking. With Van Dijk easily being in the top 5 central defenders in the Premier League, it represents a tremendous coup for Liverpool to win the battle for his signature.
It's easy to see the impact that Van Dijk should have on the Liverpool defence next season. Despite missing a big chunk of the season through injury, his stats still out perform those of the current Liverpool central defensive options. He outperformed the main trio of Liverpool's defence in key areas such as tackles, clearances and blocks per game. Meanwhile, his interceptions per game are almost double that of Lovren, Matip and Klavan. Interceptions are often a very telling stat for a defensive player showing that they have good positional sense rather than relying on last ditch tackles or blocks.
The important thing for traders on the Football Index though is how will the move affect his value in the near future?
Currently priced way too high at around the £1.70 region, he's an unfortunate case of traders getting carried away during the frenzy to pick up players involved in potential transfers. Indeed, he's already seeing a steady drop from his peak value of £1.84. We can only see this dropping further, especially once the transfer is complete. Whilst investors may see themselves pick up a Buzz win, that is likely to be cancelled out pretty quickly by the inevitable sale of futures.
Compare Van Dijk to other defenders on the index who have higher buzz potential such as Kyle Walker at around £1.20, John Terry at £1.03 and even Victor Lindelof who looks destined to be signing for Manchester United only just scraping over the £1 mark. If you happen to hold Virgil Van Dijk for a decent profit, we'd suggest considering taking that option and in the meantime, be sure to keep a very close eye on his transfer status along with his Football Index value.
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