Liverpool prepared to spend 'whatever it takes' to sign Van Dijk

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Liverpool are chasing the signatures of Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to take their summer transfer spending close to the £200m mark.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Van Dijk - as part of a swap-deal involving Theo Walcott - to bolster their shaky back-line.

The rumours surrounding the Dutchman's move to Liverpool haven't went away despite Saints stating they would not be selling van Dijk on numerous occasions and that is surely due to obsessive Liverpool fans polluting social media. However, he still remains at the St Mary's Stadium.

According to the London Evening Standard, "Liverpool are cautiously optimistic the deal could still be revived this month with the price reaching a possible £70m, and wages significantly in excess of £100,000 per week".

Walcott has been limited to two substitute appearances for Arsenal this season and has not been a regular starter for Arsene Wenger in recent campaigns.

The Independent report that Chelsea and Arsenal are weighing up late bids for Van Dijk, which paves the way for Liverpool to match any offer should it be accepted by Southampton. "It could be Liverpool must wait until January or next summer for Van Dijk if Saints stand firm and the player is willing to be patient".

So keen are Liverpool it's reported they will better any bids Southampton receive for the defender.

On top of that, the jet appears to be a Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3, the very same aircraft Van Dijk posted a cryptic tweet from when his move to Liverpool collapsed in June.

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