Liverpool Confirm World-Record £75m Deal For Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool have finally won the race to sign Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk for a world record £75 million fee for a defender.

Van Dijk will join Liverpool when the transfer window re-opens on 1 January in a world record £75m deal.

The Netherlands international had been expected to join the Reds last summer after he handed in a transfer request.

But a move fell through when Liverpool apologised for making an alleged illegal approach for the 26-year-old.

The fee is the most ever paid for a defender – Manchester City paid £52m to Monaco for Benjamin Mendy in July.

Personal terms and a medical have been completed and confirmation was made by Liverpool this evening.

Manchester City and Chelsea were both also interested and made inquiries at different stages of the past 12 months but Van Dijk will move to Anfield on January 1.

The Dutch defender has been handed the No 4 shirt and becomes the most expensive defender in world football.

“Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player!” said Van Dijk. “Today is a proud day for me and family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football!

“I can’t wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come.

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