Farhad Moshiri may have his eyes set on a record-breaking transfer for Virgil Van Dijk after reported interest from Liverpool has broken down due to accusations of illegal tapping-up.
Gone are the days of Everton baulking at 75m price tags or paying separate instalments in order to secure transfers. Last summer the Toffees attempted to sign Kalidou Koulibaly for £60m, forcing the Iranian billionaire to state his bid as ‘monopoly money’.
He was quoted as saying: “I think the manager had seven names, four of those we got. We tried to buy (Kalidou) Koulibaly for 60m. It is Monopoly money. We went right to the asking price and they decided not to sell.”
This stands as evidence as to why Everton won’t be priced out of a move for the Dutch centre-back, despite Southampton demanding over 75m. Ronald Koeman brought the former Liverpool target to England and Van Dijk confirmed that the two were ‘still in contact’, claiming there is a bond between them.
What’s your thoughts, Blues? Is Van Dijk a realistic target for Everton? Could Ronald Koeman lure him to Goodison Park? Will the ‘Koeman’ factor come into play?
Let us know in the comments!