Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr Eyes Van Dijk with Lucrative Offer: Highest-Paid Defender Deal

By Xorkpe Sosu 4 Min Read

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr, are eager to secure Virgil van Dijk from Liverpool this summer, reportedly offering him a deal that would make him the highest-paid defender globally.

With just a year remaining on his Liverpool contract, the Dutch star has attracted attention from Bayern Munich and now Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League.

Van Dijk’s resurgence last season silenced critics who had doubted him following a tough 2022-23 campaign.

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He returned to his peak form reminiscent of his early days at Liverpool, establishing himself again as one of the premier defenders worldwide.

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Despite Van Dijk’s stellar performances, Liverpool struggled with early goals against them last season, leading to costly outcomes.

Impact on Liverpool’s Squad and Budget

To avoid repeating such mistakes, the Reds must swiftly address the future of their key players.

Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold are also entering the final year of their current contracts, adding to Liverpool’s urgency.

Losing top players for free is a luxury Liverpool can’t afford, especially given their restricted budget. Therefore, they need to make practical decisions quickly.

Al-Nassr’s Ambitious Offer

According to the Spanish publication Marca, representatives from Al-Nassr have already met with Van Dijk’s team and presented a lucrative contract that would make him the highest-paid defender in the world.

Van Dijk’s Commitment and Future Prospects

Despite this tempting offer, the 32-year-old Dutch star has stated that his focus remains on playing for Liverpool next season under new manager Arne Slot.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr Eyes Van Dijk with Lucrative Offer

Last month, Van Dijk said, “I still have a year left on my contract. I am the club captain and I have made it clear I am there for the new coach and enthusiastic about the next season.

Obviously, there will be a lot of changes, but I am confident we will make a big success of it.”

Since the 6ft 4in defender’s move from Southampton in the 2017/18 season, Virgil van Dijk has made 270 appearances for Liverpool, winning the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup, among other trophies.

Despite having stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane, Al-Nassr couldn’t overcome their rivals Al Hilal, who ended the season undefeated and beat Al Nassr in the Saudi Kings Cup Final.

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The defeat left Cristiano Ronaldo in tears, sparking mockery and discussions on social media.

This has intensified the pressure on Al-Nassr to make significant moves in the transfer window, particularly to strengthen their defense.

Van Dijk is currently focused on playing for the Netherlands at this summer’s Euros in Germany, but questions about his long-term future persist.

Until he signs a new deal at Anfield or moves elsewhere next year, speculation about his next move will continue.

Van Dijk remains a beloved figure among Liverpool fans, who understand the club’s need to balance financial constraints with competitive ambitions.

Nonetheless, they would be delighted if the Liverpool captain opts for a mutually beneficial contract extension.

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