Liverpool are reportedly preparing a lucrative new deal for their main man Virgil van Dijk in a bid to fend off interest from Serie A giants, Juventus.
The Dutch centre-back has emerged as one of the world’s leading players since making the switch to Liverpool for £75m back in January 2018, helping the Merseyside Reds to success in the Champions League, Club World Cup and European Super Cup as well as putting them on course for a first English trophy in 30 years.
Van Dijk’s fine form in 2019 saw him finish as runner-up to Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the Ballon d’Or voting, and Football Insider now reports that the Merseyside Reds hierarchy have made tying him down to a new contract one of their main priorities.
The Dutchman’s current deal does not expire until 2023, however, Italian giants were recently rumoured with a world-record £150m move for the 28-year-old defender.
The report suggests that the fresh terms would see Dutch centre-back to earn a pay rise from his current salary of £125,000 per week to more than £150,000 a week.
Further bonuses for appearances, goals, clean sheets and team success could take the overall value of the five-year contract to more than £50m.
The Dutch defender has played every minute of the Merseyside Reds Premier League season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side winning 24 of their 25 games to open up an unprecedented 22-point lead at the English top-tier.