Arsenal Rejected Van Dijk For £12M Because He Was ‘Too Nonchalant’, Claims John Collins

Arsenal Rejected Van Dijk For £12M Because He Was ‘Too Nonchalant’, Claims John Collins

Virgil van Dijk could have been an Arsenal player for just £12 million – but the club’s scouting department thought the centre-back was a bit ‘too nonchalant’, according to former Celtic coach John Collins.

The Netherlands captain was on the radar of scouts across Europe after impressing during his two-year stay at Celtic Park – one of which was under Collins and Ronny Deila – before signing for Southampton for around £13 million in 2015.

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As we all know, van Dijk became the world’s most expensive centre-back when he joined Liverpool in January for a staggering £75 million – but things could have been very different had Arsenal taken the plunge and beaten Southampton to the punch.
Collins was speaking as a guest on beIN Sports over the weekend, alongside Richard Keys and Andy Gray, when he explained how it all unravelled:
Do you think Arsenal’s scouting network should be kicking themselves right now? How good could van Dijk have been as an Arsenal player?

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