Liverpool to escape Van Dijk fine
Everton get Belgian Onyekuru and Hart insecure at Torino
Liverpool are set to escape punishment for allegedly tapping up Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
Southampton reported Liverpool to the Premier League after numerous reports emerged suggesting the Netherlands international had decided he wanted to join Jurgen Klopp’s side. However, with no bid made, Southampton took their grievance to the authorities, prompting an immediate apology from Liverpool – accepted by Southampton – and a commitment to end their interest in the centre-back.
A preliminary investigation was launched by the Premier League but has stalled as there is insufficient evidence to support Southampton’s claim.
Unless new information comes to light there will reportedly not be any more progress with the inquiry, effectively allowing Liverpool to avoid a sanction.
Liverpool’s players return from their summer breaks to start pre-season next week but striker Danny Ings is ahead of them having been working on his own at Melwood.
The 24 year old has made just 11 appearances since his £8 million move from Burnley in 2015 after missing the majority of his two seasons at the club with serious knee injuries.
In October 2015, in his first training session with then new manager Jurgen Klopp, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee which ruled him out for seven months.
Almost a year later, he sustained ligament damage to his right knee in the League Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur and has not featured since.
Ings, who posted a video on Instagram of him training on his own, has been regularly attending Melwood since the end of the season in a bid to get his fitness up ready for pre-season. Everton have agreed a £7m (Dh32m) deal to sign Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru from Belgian side Eupen.
The 20 year old finished the season as joint-top scorer in the Belgian Super League with 22 goals in 38 matches. Arsenal and West Ham United were reported to be interested in the youngster but Everton have moved quickly to tie up a deal for Onyekuru, who reportedly had a medical at the club’s Finch Farm training complex on Monday.
It is understood Everton plan to loan the striker to Anderlecht, who will play in the Uefa Champions League next season, to assist his development before bringing him to the Premier League full-time.
Onyekuru will be Everton’s third signing of the summer, following Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who arrived in a club-record £30 million deal, and Ajax midfielder Davy Klaasen.
Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu left Paris Saint-Germain to join Torino on a three-year deal that means he should take over as the club’s No 1 from England’s Joe Hart.
Sirigu spent the last of his six seasons with PSG on loan in Spain with Sevilla and Osasuna and, with the 2018 World Cup on the horizon, the Sardinian was looking for more playing time.
“I chose Torino because they really showed they wanted me,” Sirigu said. “The club and the president made me feel wanted and I thank them for that.”
Investigations into Liverpool’s alleged illegal approach for Virgil van Dijk have not made enough headway.