Goal.com understands the prolific striker will meet with Indonesian clubs while on compassionate leave, with his days at Adelaide United appearing numbered
By PADDY HIGGS
Sergio van Dijk's agent says his client is destined for talks with Indonesian clubs over a possible transfer, having been granted compassionate leave from A-League club Adelaide United.
Van Dijk departed Adelaide after playing a minor role in the Reds' 2-2 draw with Bunyodkor in the first leg of their AFC Champions League quarter-final at Hindmarsh Stadium on Wednesday, with the club revealing via statement they were expecting their player back at the club on Monday.
The Dutch-born striker is in the process of gaining Indonesian citizenship through ancestry, making him a target for the likes of Indonesia Super League club Persib Bandung.
Persib officials told reporters last Friday they had sent an enquiry about van Dijk's availability to the Reds, only for United director Michael Petrillo to deny any official contact had been made.
But it appears there has been movement since on van Dijk's future, with agent Petrus van der Pol telling Goal.com there had been contact with Persib and his player was unhappy under Kosmina.
"We will arrive in Jakarta at 22:40 [local time] from Singapore. We will stay there for the night then go to Bandung in the morning," van der Pol said.
"Although we are close to personal terms with Persib, we cannot rule out other clubs such as Pelita Jaya. Sergio also wishes to have a look at the national team and visit his family."
"Persib will have to deal with Adelaide afterwards but the transfer fee is not AU$7 million as reported by the media. Even AU$70,000 is too much."
Scorer of 50 A-League goals since joining Brisbane Roar in 2008, van Dijk has battled to find a consistent spot in the Reds' XI since John Kosmina's return to the club in December.
Despite the reports of talks with clubs in Indonesia, the Reds indicated on Thursday that van Dijk remained part of their plans.
"With the club having one scheduled training session between now and then, it was agreed that this was an ideal time for Sergio to address some personal family matters overseas," the statement read.
"Van Dijk will be at the squad's training session on Monday. At this stage the club will be making no further comment on the matter."
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