Manchester City's Reaction To Hearing The Price For Virgil Van Dijk
Manchester City can't hide away from anything that happened last season because of their new documentary and that means we know exactly how they reacted to hearing Virgil van Dijk's transfer price in January.
Humble brag time, I was fortunate enough to get a seat at the premier of Amazon Prime's 'All or Nothing' documentary, a behind the scenes series about Manchester City's 2017/18 season, and I can tell you it's worth watching.
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We only got to watch the first episode but it was definitely enough to make me want to run home and binge watch the other seven, despite the fact I know exactly how their season panned out.
In fact their season playing out like it did, in ridiculos record breaking manner, will surely be the series one downfall. Usually with this kind of documentary there's ups and downs and all sorts of drama but City just kind of walked their way to the title.
The biggest bit of drama in the first episode surrounded Benjamin Mendy's injury and the possibility of City having to dive into the January transfer market to replace him. In the end Pep Guardiola's side didn't bother and the only transfer they went for was a centre back.
They wanted Virgil van Dijk, who moved from Southampton to Liverpool in January, and a clip from one episode shows City chairman's response to being told he would cost £75 million with Khaldoon Al-Mubarak saying to director of football Txiki Begiristain:
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"Come on, you cannot be serious.
"Ultimately, if it makes sense for us we will do it. If it doesn't make sense, we are perfectly comfortable in walking away.
"To do that, there's only a few clubs in the world that can do that."
Van Dijk's move from the south coast to Anfield was a world record price for a centre back and it always seemed like he would have moved to Jurgen Klopp's collection of former Saints players rather than City.
After missing out on their first target the Citizens still broke their own transfer record by signing Aymeric Laporte, with the Frenchman having the added bonus that he can also fill in at left back.
Were Liverpool right to pay that much for Van Dijk?