Wow! Mourinho, Van Dijk, Manchester United! Big claim made about Liverpool superstar
Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho refused to sanction a move for Virgil van Dijk before the defender moved to Liverpool, according to reports.
Van DijkVan DijkVan Dijk was signed by Liverpool for a fee of £75 million in January 2018 after establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League with Southampton.
But since his move to Anfield he has helped Jurgen Klopp’s men become one of the best sides in the game right now, with the Dutchman a pivotal reason for their impressive defensive record and Champions League win last season.
He is tipped to beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the FIFA world player of the year award, but it could have been so different for him, Liverpool and United as according to The Independent, he could have signed for United, before Mourinho said no to a deal.
A source told the paper that United’s scouting department has been bringing back reports on a host of players, but have been largely ignored, and according to the report Mourinho didn’t feel it necessary to sign another central defender, having already forked out a combined £75m for Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.
“They’ve got reports on so many players, but they mostly go ignored,” the source claimed.the source claimed.the source claimed.
“Some of the players they’d spend fortunes on, they’re not as good as better players who they’ve got reports on, but mostly go ignored.”
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Van Dijk is now regarded as the finest defender in the game and is worth double the £75 million that Liverpool paid to land him a few years ago. So the reports that United had the chance to complete a deal will come as a massive blow to many United fans who would have loved the Dutchman at the back.
Liverpool had defensive issues so Klopp signed Van Dijk, United have defensive issues and failed to do the deals that would keep Mourinho in the job.
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