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SportBarcelona make enq​uiry about signing Virgil van Dijk

14:51  12 july  2019
14:51  12 july  2019 Source:

Van Dijk becomes favourite to win Ballon d'Or

Van Dijk becomes favourite to win Ballon d'Or Virgil van Dijk is now the odds-on favourite to win the Ballon d’Or later this year. The Dutchman enjoyed a wonderful 2018/19 season with Liverpool, establishing himself as the world’s best centre-back. His campaign culminated in Champions League glory, rounding off one of the best ever individual seasons by a Reds player. It immediately put Van Dijk in the mix for the prestigious Ballon d’Or, which recognises Europe’s best player over the previous 12 months. Lionel Messi was providing the sternest competition to the Liverpool defender, but his Copa America exit this week has changed that.

Barcelona enquired about the possibility of signing Virgil van Dijk from Liverpool. The Dutch defender joined Liverpool in a £75m deal in "Do not expect it to happen for a moment, but Barcelona made enquiries about whether Virgil van Dijk could be tempted to leave Liverpool," he writes.

Virgil van Dijk (Dutch pronunciation: [vɑn ˈdɛik]; born 8 July 1991) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for English Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Netherlands

Barcelona make enq​uiry about signing Virgil van Dijk © Michael Regan/Getty Images Sport Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

Barcelona have made an enquiry to Virgil van Dijk’s agent about the possibility of the defender possibly joining the Spanish champions, according to John Cross of The Mirror.

The Catalan giants apparently made an approach to gauge if the Dutch defender had any interest in a move to Barcelona, but they were told that there is no chance of a deal happening and as such, they have moved their attention to other targets.

Barcelona make enq​uiry about signing Virgil van Dijk © Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Sport Matthias Hangst/Getty Images Sport

Van Dijk is one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or this season, alongside Barca’s Lionel Messi and it looks like the Catalan giants wanted to unite the two players on the same team.

However, Van Dijk has no interest in leaving Liverpool and even if he did, the price that the Reds could demand for the centre back would be so astronomical that it would be difficult to see any club being able to afford it anyway.

Maguire hands in transfer request amid Man United links.
Manchester United have moved closer to the signing of Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire after he told manager Brendan Rodgers and team-mates that he wants to leave. Both United and Premier League champions Manchester City had £70million bids turned down at the start of the month, with Leicester wanting at least the world-record fee Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk last year. According to the Daily Mail, Maguire expressed his desire to move to those present at the Foxes’ pre-season training camp in France in hope that it will ease negotiations.

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