Liverpool to sign Southampton's Virgil van Dijk for £75 million

Liverpool to sign Southampton's Virgil van Dijk for £75 million

Dutchman Virgil van Dijk has joined Liverpool for a world record transfer fee for a defender.

Liverpool has convinced Southampton to accept a world record fee of £75m for their highly rated defender Virgil van Dijk, the BBC has reported.

Van Dijk's future on the South Coast has been in doubt since he handed in a transfer request during the summer, having seen a move to Anfield break down due to an alleged illegal approach by the Merseyside outfit.

The 26-year-old will wear squad number 4 on arrival at Anfield.

"I can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop".

Dembele has been linked with clubs in the Premier League, Ligue 1 and Serie A in advance of the January window opening.

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Liverpool had expressed an interest in the player last summer and were ready to offer 60 million pounds (80.40 million US dollars).

The player has cost Liverpool 75 million pounds (100.50 million US dollars), a new world record fee for a defender.

"I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League", he wrote. "Thank you for everything".

"It is a lot of money and I'm not even sure he has been playing that well", Neville told Sky Sports. They have accepted Liverpool's bid for the rock-solid defender as he looks poised to become the most expensive defender in the history of the English giants. They'll need to get him back to his best for that money.

The signing of the in-demand centre-back was announced after the two clubs, who had failed to agree terms for the transfer during acrimonious dealings in the summer, finally reached an agreement.

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