Reports claim that Jose Mourinho would have tried to sign Virgil van Dijk for Real Madrid had he been re-appointed instead of Zinedine Zidane.

The Dutchman signed for Liverpool as part of a £75million deal in January 2018 and became the world’s most expensive defender as a result.

The most telling aspect about van Dijk’s short career on Merseyside so far is that there are very few people who mention his price tag. The impact he has made on Merseyside has been worth far more than what Liverpool committed to pay to sign him from Southampton.

 

Naturally, he will be a transfer target for the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid and it will seriously test Liverpool’s resolve and ambition to hold onto him.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s fifth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield on February 27, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Mirror cites unspecified reports from Spain as claiming that Jose Mourinho had created for himself a four-man shortlist that he would have acted on if he had been re-appointed as Real Madrid boss.

The list likely would have cost untold amounts to bring to life, with David De Gea, Virgil van Dijk, Christen Eriksen and Eden Hazard all named. Alas, Zidane was appointed but United, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea should all be alert as Madrid will be undergoing a summer overhaul and will target the very best in Europe.

Jurgen Klopp. however, has made it clear since Coutinho left that key players will not be leaving unless he decides they can. Van Dijk seems smitten with the Liverpool project but it will take some serious balls to hold onto him if Real Madrid come knocking this summer.