Al-Nassr ‘want to make Virgil van Dijk the highest-paid defender in the world and have held talks with his camp’ – as Saudi side look to unite Liverpool captain with Cristiano Ronaldo

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  • Al-Nassr are plotting a swoop for the Dutch centre-back this summer 
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Al-Nassr are reportedly eyeing a move for Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk and have plans to make the Dutchman the highest paid defender in the world.

The centre back turns 33 next month and his £220,000-a-week contract expires next summer. 

Van Dijk has established himself as one of the best defenders in Premier League history since joining the Reds from Southampton in 2018. 

Liverpool are entering into a new era following the departure of Jurgen Klopp and the arrival of new manager Arne Slot.

And Van Dijk admitted earlier this year that he ‘doesn’t know’ what the future holds for him.

Al-Nassr are reportedly eyeing a move for Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk this summer

Van Dijk's future is uncertain following the departure of longtime manager Jurgen Klopp

Van Dijk’s future is uncertain following the departure of longtime manager Jurgen Klopp

Spanish outlet Marca now claim Al-Nassr have already held talks over a transfer this summer with general director meeting Van Dijk’s representatives on Tuesday.

And he produced a contract offer that ‘would make the Dutchman the highest-paid defender in the world’.

Al-Nassr and Cristiano Ronaldo are looking to significantly strengthen the squad after finishing secondin the Saudi Pro League for the second season in a row.

Van Dijk would partner Aymeric Laporte at the back in what would be a formidable backline.

Van Dijk is yet to be offered a new deal and discussed the situation following Liverpool’s final game of the season.

Van Dijk added: ‘My future is not important at the moment. The only thing I can say now is if I have a farewell I don’t think I would keep it dry (and not cry) because that was something I was very surprised with with him (Klopp).

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‘These fans are something else and eventually when they say goodbye to you then it will be special. Even with Joel, I said, “How did you manage to keep it dry, pal?”. He just wanted to walk through it quickly and stand with us so I think he did that pretty well.

‘At the moment there is nothing for me to say. Nothing has changed and nothing is on the table either. No changes in my situation at all.’

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