Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has spoken to Tottenham Hotspur star Micky van de Ven about a summer move to Anfield.
Liverpool could move for Sporting defender Goncalo Inacio after missing out on Tottenham Hotspur’s Micky van de Ven in the summer.
This is according to TEAM talkwho claim that Van de Ven was personally approached by Virgil van Dijk about a move to Anfield.
The Reds mainly focused on midfield signings in the summer, bringing in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch.
However, Liverpool have apparently explored the centre-back market and have a natural left-footer on their radar.
Liverpool missed out on Micky Van de Ven
Links to Micky van de Ven were prominent throughout the summer.
Liverpool appointed Jörg Schmadtke as their interim sporting director, and he was the man who brought Van de Ven to Wolfsburg.
The London Evening Standard In the summer, he even highlighted that Tottenham feared Liverpool would misuse their talks about signing Van de Ven.
The Independent’s Miguel Delaney claimed in October that Liverpool were “very interested” in signing Van de Ven, but opted for a move to Tottenham instead.
Liverpool, the story goes, could not promise regular first-team football, while Tottenham were prepared to bring him straight into the team.
TEAM talk are now claiming that Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk even spoke to Van de Ven to convince him to join the Reds.
The pair only recently became Netherlands teammates, but Van Dijk reportedly made contact with Van de Ven about selling him on his move to Merseyside.
The charm offensive didn’t work and Tottenham managed it Secure a deal worth £34.5m rising to £43mwhich now looks like a great deal.
Although Van de Ven is now injured, he was hailed as a “machine” by teammate James Maddison and was one of the season’s new signings.
Liverpool could now turn to Goncalo Inacio
TEAMtalk’s report highlights that Liverpool still want a left-footed centre-back and have now set their sights on Sporting star Goncalo Inacio.
The Portuguese defender has reportedly been on Liverpool’s radar for over two years and is regularly scouted.
Liverpool have been monitoring Inacio at both club and international level as the Reds plot a move.
However, Inacio would seemingly cost more than Van de Ven as a £52m release clause would be required to lure him away from Sporting.
Liverpool must now consider whether to implement this clause in January or wait until the summer, as other clubs are believed to be interested in the 22-year-old.
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