Liverpool Football Club have today confirmed the £75m signing of long-term defensive target Virgil Van Dijk from Premier League rivals Southampton.
The Merseyside club released the following statement on their official website this evening: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.
“The Reds have agreed a deal with the south coast club, and the player himself, that will see the 26-year-old defender move to Anfield when the transfer window re-opens on January 1, 2018.
“The Netherlands international will be assigned squad number four, upon his arrival at Liverpool.”
The news means the player has already agreed personal terms on a deal and completed his medical at Anfield, allowing him to join up for first team training from January 1st.
Liverpool are expected to pay a world record fee of £75m for a defender, and the player is expected to earn in the region of £180k – 200k per week, making him the highest paid player at Anfield.
The news comes as a surprise, rivals Manchester City where expected to tie up a £60m deal for the defender. However, Liverpool’s bid of £75m and City’s unwillingness to go above £60m persuaded the Southampton board to sell the player to the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp’s men almost signed Van Dijk during last summers transfer window, but Southampton reported the Reds to the Premier League for making an illegal approach for the player.
It seems since the summer bridges have been mended between both clubs, and the players desire to only join Liverpool has forced the Saints to give in to his demands.
The Dutch international defender will be a much needed boost for the Reds shaky defence this season. Liverpool fans will be hoping he adds some much needed steal to the backline.