The Chelsea punters here in the Football Transfer Tavern still haven’t stopped digging into their Liverpool counterparts over their Virgil van Dijk embarrassment.
The Reds looked nailed on to land a deal for the Southampton captain until allegations of an illegal approach scarpered their hopes and ended in the Merseysiders ending their interest.
That statement from Liverpool opened the door for the Blues, who have also been heavily linked with the Dutch international, to move in and secure a deal.
There is much talk over whether or not he’ll move here in the Tavern, with the Saints fans in the corner at pains to point out that he was only made captain in January and signed a six-year-deal at St. Mary’s last summer.
Furthermore, those in red and white are also pointing to the summer of 2014 when, amidst a storm of rumours that he would depart, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was convinced to stay another year on the south coast before securing his move to Manchester United a year later.
However, as our landlord is keen to point out to all now gathered at the bar, the former Celtic man may want to use that exact summer as a reason to move as soon as possible.
There is no argument that during his extra season at Saints Schneiderlin continued to improve as a player and was ready for the step up to Old Trafford, however, things never really worked out in Manchester and the Frenchman has now stepped back down to reunite with former manager Ronald Koeman at Everton.
There is a sense that, in staying another year, he may have mistimed his move. Schneiderlin was ready in 2014 and could well have had a much better experience had he made his move in the same summer as the likes of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw.
With that in mind, Van Dijk must act while there is fervent interest on the table. Get the right offer and the powers that be at Saints will sell, there’s no doubt there, and considering there is no knowing what could happen next season the £21.25m-rated defender must take his golden Chelsea chance whilst it is there.