- Virgil Van Dijk is reportedly a surprise target for Spanish side Real Madrid
- The 28-year-old is in line to extend his contract with Liverpool after two seasons
- Van Dijk was recently named the UEFA Men's Player of the Year ahead of Ronaldo and Messi
Virgil Van Dijk has become a surprise summer target for Real Madrid and the Spanish giants are looking to tempt the Liverpool star to the Bernabeu.
The one-time most expensive defender is now rated as one of the best center-backs in the game since his £75 million move from Southampton in January 2017.
Van Dijk who was recently named the UEFA Men's Player of the Year, led the Reds to a second place finish in the Premier League and two Champions League finals.
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Los Blancos are understood to be desperate to lure the Netherlands international who is keen to help Liverpool win their first Premier League title in more than 20 years.
According to renowned Italian journalist Nicolo Shira, discussions are already ongoing to extend Van Dijk's stay at Anfield.
He said on Twitter: “Liverpool want to close Virgil Van Dijk's renew until 2025.
“Reds are in talks with his agent and have offered a new wages of €12.5M a year plus bonuses.
“Real Madrid is interested in him, but Van Dijk is not considering to leave.”
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Liverpool have already shown their title ambitions this season, recording four wins out of four matches including a convincing win over Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp's men will travel to St. James' Park to play Newcastle at the weekend before taking on Napoli in the Champions League in midweek.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Emerson Palmieri has suffered a hamstring injury during Italy's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Finland.
The 25-year-old has been Frank Lampard's first choice this season ahead of Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso.
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