CELTIC are poised for a £6million windfall after Liverpool were given the green light to make a new bid for Virgil van Dijk.
The Anfield side had to apologise to Southampton after their botched attempt to sign the Dutch international central defender in the summer.
Saints value the classy ex-Celt in the £70million bracket and the champions will be entitled to a hefty sell-on fee of around 10 and 15 per cent of the profit for Van Dijk following his £13million exit from Parkhead.
Boss Mauricio Pellegrino admitted yesterday he could not guarantee the player will still be at the club by the end of the January transfer window.
He said: “Virgil is training well and thinking about our club, but we cannot control the market and all the whispers.
“We have a lot of players who are important and most of the clubs in the world want a lot of our players.
“Virgil is one of those, but we have to be focused on our job.
“You never know because when we talk about money, everybody has a price.
“The budget is to sign players and the biggest teams have money to try to sign players. I can’t decide about that. This is a question for our owners.
“Everybody is focused on their area to try to bring the best players possible for their club. It is something that happens every single transfer window.
“We have a lot of good players and most of the teams want to sign them.”
Merseyside gaffer Jurgen Klopp will get a close-up view of Van Dijk when the teams meet at Anfield tomorrow.
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