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.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Friday, 20 September 2019
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth, St. Mary's Stadium 21:00
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, King Power Stadium 13:30
Manchester City v Watford, Etihad Stadium 16:00
Everton v Sheffield United, Goodison Park 16:00
Burnley v Norwich City, Turf Moor 16:00
Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion, St. James' Park 18:30
Sunday, 22 September 2019
West Ham United v Manchester United, London Stadium 15:00
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Selhurst Park 15:00
Arsenal v Aston Villa, Emirates Stadium 17:30
Chelsea v Liverpool, Stamford Bridge 17:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.