'Really good': Virgil van Dijk raves about £65m midfielder Chelsea reportedly want to sign
Virgil van Dijk has hailed the quality of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, who’s reportedly a transfer target for Chelsea ahead of the January transfer window.
Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk, 31, is part of an impressive Netherlands squad that are competing in this winter’s World Cup tournament in Qatar.
De Jong, who cost Barcelona £65million a few years ago, is likely be a key player for the Dutch at the World Cup.
The 25-year-old is a ball-playing midfielder with exquisite technique and work rate.
With Van Dijk and De Jong running through the Netherlands spine, they could be a dark horse at the World Cup.
Van Dijk hailed De Jong
When asked by Pitch Side about his best teammates, Van Dijk responded: “For the national team, I’d say Frenkie de Jong, who is really good.”
Van Dijk will have played alongside many talented players on the international stage, but it’s no surprise that De Jong was his choice.
The likes of Cody Gakpo, Memphis Depay and Matthijs de Ligt are some other Dutch stars you can expect to impress in Qatar.
ESPN claimed last month that Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United lead the race to sign De Jong.
Apparently, the Blues have received encouragement that Barcelona’s central midfielder may be ready to reconsider his future, so clubs are waiting to pounce for him in January.
It’ll be interesting to see how much is World Cup form shapes his future in the New Year.
There’s been a lot of financial investment put into the Chelsea squad recently, especially in the summer. But the centre of the park may be an area that needs addressing given N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are currently out of contract at the end of the season.