English Premiership

Mourinho 'said no to bidding' for Van Dijk - report

2019-09-05 11:16
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk (Getty Images)

Cape Town – World-renowned manager Jose Mourinho advised Manchester United not to make a bid for defender Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window of 2018, according to The Independent.

Liverpool signed Van Dijk from Southampton in January 2018 for £75 million and has since made a huge impact at the Merseyside club.

He was named the PFA, Premier League Player of the Year last season and was also Man of the Match when Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid to claim their sixth European crown.

Van Dijk also recently added two more gongs to his trophy cabinet when he won UEFA's Men's Player of the Year and Europe's best defender a week ago.

Mourinho didn't want to bring in Van Dijk at Old Trafford 'because he didn't want a centre-half at that point' despite his efforts to sign a centre-back over the next six to 12 months before his sacking.

The Portuguese coach often bemoaned United's lack of options at centre-half after missing out on several targets in the 2018 summer transfer window.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed in 2018 that United made a £95 million bid for Kalidou Koulibaly before Mourinho left his post at Old Trafford.


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