The Mirror believe that three clubs are interested in signing van Dijk, which strengthens the Saints' belief that they can recoup a figure of that size.
City are in advanced talks with the Saints over a transfer, with the South Coast club now prepared to cash in on the 26-year-old, who is contracted at St Mary's until June 2022.
Without Van Dijk, Southampton were thrashed by a rampant Tottenham and a section of travelling fans at Wembley chanted "you're getting sacked in the morning" at Pellegrino. He would nearly certainly finish the season with at least one winner's medal, and the well-financed club is likely willing to best any wage package offered by Liverpool.
'We tried to do the best for the team. But the new boss has simply put it down to picking the best squad.
Premier League giants Liverpool have reportedly agreed a fee to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, reports the Sunday World. With Javier Mascherano looking to leave the club after almost seven years with Barcelona, the Catalan giants will lose a key defender. If the deal goes through, van Dijk will become the most expensive defender in the world.
Liverpool are so close to having a great team as the front four of Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are as good as I have seen watching the club over the last 50 years.
While £70m is a lot of money for one player, it's small change in modern Premier League clubs and the reality is that Liverpool will probably collect £120m from selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona next summer, so this is effectively investing money that will arrive later in 2018.