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Reason Why Arsenal Failed To Sign Liverpool Star Defender Van Dijk

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were given the opportunity to sign Virgil van Dijk for just £12million, but turned him down over fears he was “too nonchalant” for the Premier League.

The defender has now established himself as arguably the best defender in the league, following his record £75m move to Anfield last January.

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But plenty of clubs passed up the chance to sign him when he was at Celtic, before Southampton finally took the plunge.

Celtic’s former assistant manager, John Collins, says were chief among them.

“Arsenal’s chief scout [Steve Rowley] thought he was too nonchalant.

“Maybe that was part of his game but he ticks so many of the other boxes.

“He’s got pace, power, balance, distribution and he’s good in the air.

“He can be a bit nonchalant but he is a quality player.

“Gary McAllister was the assistant to Brendan Rodgers at and I told him I hope you’re going to come and take Virgil but Brendan didn’t fancy him and didn’t think he was better than what he already had.

“He would’ve cost around £12m – every team watched him regularly but the worry was he was showing it against Scottish players but you could tell he was strong, powerful and a well balanced player,” Collins told beIN Sport.

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