Real Madrid could look to make a sensational move for Liverpool’s defensive behemoth Virgil van Dijk should the Dutch superstar not sign a new contract with the Anfield club, claims a report.
Van Dijk was recently named the UEFA player of the year for the 2018-19 season after a superb campaign in which his towering performances at the back propelled Liverpool to Champions League glory three months ago.
Liverpool are understandably keen to tie down the imposing defender to a new long-term deal on improved terms, but confusion has been rife within the media as a number of conflicting reports left the Dutchman confused about the whole situation.
The 28-year-old has stressed his happiness with life on Merseyside and has not agitated for a new deal, but that has not stopped the La Liga giant Real Madrid from attempting to lure the man-mountain to the Santiago Bernabeu, should the opportunity present itself.
CalcioMercato journalist Nicolo Shira (via the Daily Express) revealed Zinedine Zidane’s team are interested in acquiring the services of Van Dijk, stating on Twitter: “Liverpool want to close Virgil Van Dijk’s renew until 2025.
“Reds are in talks with his agent and have offered a new wages of €12.5M a year plus bonuses.
“Real Madrid is interested in him, but Van Dijk is not considering to leave.”
The Express article cites the Phillipe Coutinho sale as an indication that Liverpool could sell for the right price, stating: ‘as with Philippe Coutinho in the past, a mammoth bid could convince the club to reinvest.’
The report goes on to state that Jurgen Klopp is ‘likely to stand firm’ in his desire to keep van Dijk at Anfield, and coupled with the player’s contentment with life at Anfield, a move to Real Madrid seems unlikely at best.
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