Southampton Football Club have asked the Premier League to investigate an alleged illegal approach from Liverpool for their defender Virgil van Dijk.
Last month Saints chairman Ralph Krueger announced the club would not sell their prized asset even for a £60m bid from Liverpool.
The Dutch defender who has five years left in his contract had indicated that he was eager for a move to Anfield, despite interest from Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton.
The hierarchy at St. Mary’s met Tuesday morning and decided to make a complaint after it was suggested there had been an illegal approach following Jurgen Klopp’s involvement.
According to a report from BBC Radio Solent, the Saint believe the Reds sounded out Van Dijk before attempting to open dialogue with this current club’s hierarchy, which has angered them.
This is not the first time Liverpool have found themselves in hot water, back in April they were found guilty of tapping up a schoolboy from Stoke City, which resulted in them being banned from signing youth players for two years, alongside being issued with a £100,000 fine.
The Press Association who reported on Tuesday morning that the Premier League have been officially asked to investigate the matter, state these rules: “a club intending to conclude a contract with a professional must inform the player’s current club in writing before entering into negotiations with him. A professional shall only be free to conclude a contract with another club if his contract with his present club has expired or is due to expire within six months. Any breach of this provision shall be subject to appropriate sanctions.”
Dijk made only 21 Premier League appearances last term, since signing his contract 11 months ago. He missed the second half of the season due to an ankle ligament injury.