Virgil Van Dijk: Real Madrid set to bid for Liverpool's most expensive player

Virgil Van Dijk: Real Madrid set to bid for Liverpool's most expensive player

- 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.

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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.

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The 25-year-old has been Frank Lampard's first choice this season ahead of Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso.

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