Crystal Palace could have signed one of the world’s best defenders for a bargain fee once upon a time.
Neil Warnock has revealed that he had Virgil van Dijk scouted when he was in charge of the Selhurst Park outfit and stated he could have signed the Dutchman for a fee of just £6million.
The Liverpool defender completed a move to Anfield for a world-record fee of around £75m in January and has gone on to become one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Now manager of Cardiff City, Warnock revealed that the 27-year-old was deemed to be too slow for the team by his chief scout as they prepare to face the Reds on Saturday.
“Van Dijk – I’m delighted he’s playing like he is,” he told Sky Sports.
“We could have bought him at Palace for £6million but my chief scout told me he was too slow. I think he’s still in a job as well!”
This is certainly a case of what could have been for those at Crystal Palace, with hindsight always playing a wonderful role.
Van Dijk has certainly gone on to prove how talented he is and how crucial he is to how a team performs, however, it is always difficult to judge how well they will go on to do in their career.
Palace will be focused on their game against Arsenal at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon, knowing that they will be in for a tough time against a rampant Unai Emery side.
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