Three reasons Everton shouldn’t waste their time pursuing Virgil van Dijk

According to reports in the Liverpool Echo, Everton manager Ronald Koeman wants to sign the £55m-rated Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this summer.

The Toffees boss is keen to bring in a new, younger centre-back with Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams getting no younger, and Ramiro Funes Mori picking up a knee injury while away on international duty with Argentina last month.

The Dutchman brought his compatriot Van Dijk to St Mary’s from Celtic in 2015 when he was the south coast outfit’s boss, and the 25-year-old has gone on to establish himself as one of the best centre-halves in the Premier League.

Although he has been missing since January because of a foot injury, Saints will be bracing themselves for interest in their star man this summer, although they are ready to demand what would be a world-record fee for a defender.

Here are three reasons Everton shouldn’t waste their time pursuing Van Dijk…