Man City urged to sign Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk in stunning £200m transfer
Manchester City should go and spend £200m on Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, former Premier League manager Neil Warnock claims. City are 25 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League this season, however, Pep Guardiola’s men boast two games in hand. City have struggled with defensive injuries, with their best centre-back Aymeric Laporte spending long spells on the sidelines.
Liverpool star Van Dijk, meanwhile, has been ever-present for the Reds as they close in on their first Premier League title.
Eyebrows were raised when coughed up £75m to land the Dutch defender, however, Van Dijk now looks a bargain at that price.
And Warnock has urged City to go and spend £200m on Van Dijk this summer if they want to win back the Premier League title.
“[Dejan] Lovren, he wouldn’t get in my team,” Warnock said.
“I look at what they’ve done, if they’ve got [Joe] Gomez alongside Van Dijk, they’ll be okay, they’ll start winning again because Gomez makes such a difference with his pace.
“It’s like Man City, I still think Man City are the best. If they got a Van Dijk, I wouldn’t sign anyone else. I’d spend £200million on Van Dijk.
“If they had a Van Dijk in their team, they’d be 10 points in front. I don’t think there’s that much wrong with Man City other than a centre-half like that.”
Liverpool beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League as the Reds edge closer to the Premier League title.
However, former Chelsea star Joe Cole claims Liverpool could lose the likes of Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane if they aren’t paid the same as their rivals at Real Madrid or Barcelona.
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He told BT Sport: “Sometimes when you have massive success it brings its own problems.
“You now have the best goalie in the world, the best centre-half in the world and three or four of the best players in the world.
“They are going to want to be paid the best in the world. They will look at their counterparts in Madrid and Barcelona and be thinking I want those wages.
“I don’t know what their wage bill is at the moment but if they want to keep going they need to keep these players.
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“Sometimes a player like Salah might have his head turned and always dreamed of playing for a Real Madrid or Barcelona.
“It’s now about keeping the group together, keeping the manager together, keeping the momentum.
“Have they got the finances to do that? I’m sure they have because they are a well-run club.
“If they keep them together I’m sure it will be a period of dominance.”
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