It has been revealed that North London giants Arsenal missed out on the chance to sign the most expensive defender for £12m.
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk became the most expensive defender in the history of world football after his transfer from fellow Premier League outfit Southampton in the penultimate transfer window in January.
The Reds paid a whopping £75m to secure his transfer from the South Coast club.
The Dutch international centre back has been a key player for Liverpool since his move earlier in the year.
Virgil Van Dijk was a key performer for the Reds last season as they reached the Champions League final before losing to Real Madrid.
He has been a big part of the Merseysiders’ ascent to the top of the Premier League table in this campaign.
Van Dijk was previously at Scottish champions Celtic before he joined Southampton and his coach in Scotland has revealed how some of the top English sides including Liverpool and Arsenal failed to sign him while he was with the Scottish giants.
Ex-Celtic assistant manager John Collins told BeIn Sports via joe.co.uk that Arsenal, Liverpool and other big English sides passed up the opportunity to sign Van Dijk until Southampton signed him for £12m.
According to him, Arsenal’s chief scout Steve Rowley said that the player has a nonchalant attitude.