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Report: Van Dijk prefers Liverpool move to Man City, Chelsea

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BURNLEY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Virgil van Dijk of Southampton battles with Ben Mee of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley and Southampton at Turf Moor on January 14, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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Southampton has little desire to let another big ticket talent head to Liverpool, but it appears that’s exactly what’s happening with star center back Virgil van Dijk.

According to Liverpool Echo writer Ian Doyle, “Liverpool have taken a major step towards the record signing of Virgil van Dijk after the player indicated he would prefer a move to Anfield.”

The report also said Liverpool will match offers from other suitors.

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Van Dijk, 25, has been outstanding for Saints and would follow Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert, Sadio Mane, and Nathaniel Clyne in using St. Mary’s as a launching pad to Anfield.

The Dutchman’s fee has been alleged to be as high as $65 million, which would come close to -- if not surpass -- the record fee for a defender (David Luiz).

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