Arsenal set to face Van Dijk transfer test Liverpool pass after $133m risk

Arsenal set to face Van Dijk transfer test Liverpool pass after $133m risk

The summer transfer window has been open for a little more than a few weeks in England but for now, it is Arsenal who are assuming center stage in the Premier League. The Gunners finished second in the division last term, losing to Manchester City at the summit despite leading for much of the campaign, but Mikel Arteta wants to go one better next term.

The Gunners have secured the signature of Kai Havertz, and Declan Rice is likely to be the next player to move to the Emirates Stadium in the coming days. Arsenal this week made a club-record bid for the West Ham United captain, with the deal said to be worth around $133m (£105m/€122m), according to ESPN.

The Hammers have accepted the offer, with the 24-year-old midfielder looking set to play under Arteta next season. Rice is an impressive player who has experienced steady evolution over the past few years, but the transfer fee is incredibly high. He will be Arsenal’s most expensive purchase, and by some distance.

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The bold switch almost describes the shades of Liverpool in 2018. Around that time five years ago, Jürgen Klopp delivered a gradual improvement on Merseyside, with the Reds growing with each passing campaign thanks to smart acquisitions made in the market, including signing the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané.

The Anfield outfit is getting better, but Klopp needs to add one or two game-changers to his squad to get over the line. Michael Edwards, then Liverpool’s sporting director, was tasked with getting the necessary ingredients for his manager, and he did so with great success.

In the January window of 2018, the Reds invested in a certain Virgil van Dijk, who was ready to leave Southampton after becoming too good to compete in the middle of the Premier League table. The Dutchman was courted by Manchester City at the time, but Liverpool managed to convince him to move to Merseyside.

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