Liverpool breaks world record for Van Dijk

28 December, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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Liverpool have agreed to sign Netherlands global Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a reported world record fee for a defender.

Van Dijk's move from Southampton to Liverpool is the sixth transfer between the clubs in the last 3½ years, with other players trading St Mary's for Anfield including Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane.

Van Dijk has been linked with a move to Liverpool for several months and the Anfield club were forced to issue an apology after an alleged illegal approach for the Netherlands global earlier this year.

Liverpool did not reveal the transfer fee but Southampton announced it was "a new world record for a defender".

The Dutch global centre-back was close to joining Liverpool before the English Premier League season started in August.

Media reports said Liverpool beat Manchester City and Chelsea who had both shown an interest in van Dijk.


It's reported that Van Dijk has signed a contract worth £180,000 (NZ$341,100) with Liverpool.

Liverpool confirmed Van Dijk will complete a move on January 1, 2018, having been left out of Southampton's side for their 5-2 defeat at Tottenham on Boxing Day.

However, pending some important behind-the-scenes decisions, some real investment could be made in January with the transfer fee rumoured to be around the £75 million mark.

Van Dijk in action for Southampton against Liverpool earlier this season.

"12 million to Southampton [was] a snip at the time!". I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League and despite a hard last few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club.

The Dutchman, who handed in a transfer request during the summer when trying to push through a move, posted a message on his official Twitter account, posing with a Liverpool shirt.

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