Paper Talk: Chelsea man among three-strong list of Van Dijk replacements

Date published: Monday 19th October 2020 8:19 - James Marshment

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Liverpool are looking to three potential targets to replace Virgil van Dijk in January, while Manchester United have eyes on a Portuguese star billed as ‘the next Luis Figo’, according to Monday’s paper gossip.



Liverpool have three potential replacements for Virgil van Dijk in mind when the transfer window opens for business on January 1.

The talismanic Reds defender has torn his ACL and now faces several months on the sidelines.

Jamie Carragher already fears for their title chances and has suggested they act quickly to sign a replacement.

Now the Daily Mirror claims Jurgen Klopp could be in for three players when the window reopens in just 74 days time.

In their report, they suggest Liverpool could go back in for Schalke’s Ozan Kabak.

The 20-year-old was linked with the Reds over the summer, but will not come cheap. He’s rated at around the £35m mark and is already playing for Turkey.

The paper also says Liverpool could go back in for Ben White. The Brighton man impressed while on loan with Leeds last season and is a man in demand.


Leeds saw multiple efforts to sign him permanently knocked back. Liverpool too were touted with an interest. That link was reportedly shelved until summer 2021, but could now be revisited.

The Mirror also claims Liverpool could go in for Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.

He is well down Frank Lampard’s pecking order at Chelsea and almost left before the transfer deadline on October 5.

Tottenham were touted as contenders to sign him, while there was interest from Serie A clubs too. All that came after we revealed he refused to play for Lampard in the Carabao Cup tie at Spurs.



Rudiger still expects to leave Chelsea in January and the Mirror claims Liverpool could now move to sign him. If the Blues are in the title mix though, it’s likely they would try to prevent him signing for Klopp’s side.

The paper also claims Liverpool could offer first-team chances to both Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

Phillips spent last season on loan with Stuttgart and was involved with the Reds in pre-season. He could be used as cover to the current crop until January.


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