Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window Podcast that Liverpool should avoid making a move for Matthijs de Ligt due to the cost.

He said, via the Daily Star: “I know that Liverpool will like de Ligt, everybody likes de Ligt. It’s not a big surprise. We’ve explained what the kind of money Raiola’s asking for is.

“That kind of salary, if you could get €14m [£12m] net from Liverpool or near it, that would make him significantly higher paid than Van Dijk – who is already very well paid at Liverpool and would obviously cause the same kind of problems that Barcelona are worried about in the dressing room.”

Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.

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Liverpool pay Virgil van Dijk around £9.3million per year and paid £75m to sign him from Southampton last January.

 

Since then, he has gone on to become the best defender in the world and won the Champions League on Saturday with the Reds.

While Matthijs de Ligt is on course to one day reach the same level as his compatriot, he is yet to come close to the quality and consistency that van Dijk is renowned for.

Virgil van Dijk.

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With Joe Gomez already at the club, it makes very little sense to pay de Ligt his wage demands and the fee that Ajax want which would see his total cost across a five-year contract reach around £125million.

The Englishman earns around £75,000/week and has shown signs that he could become a top, top central defender if he can avoid suffering long term injuries.

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