Liverpool have announced an agreement with Southampton for Dutch centre-half Virgil Van Dijk
The Reds have finally got their man. After months of pursuit, Jurgen Klopp has secured the signing of Virgil Van Dijk. The 26-year-old will arrive for a fee of £75 million. This will be the highest amount paid for a defender surpassing the £54 million paid by Manchester City for Kyle Walker in the summer.
Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 27, 2017
The Dutchman was in the middle of a drawn-out transfer saga in the summer. Jurgen Klopp had long been an admirer of the tall centre-half. The German was willing to go to any length to secure his signing. However, the Reds transfer pursuit was stopped in its tracks when Southampton reported the Merseysiders to the FA authorities for “tapping up” their player.
Now, it seems like Southampton has no troubles in dealing with Liverpool. The South coast club finally realised that the Reds will be the highest bidders for the wanted player. Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal were all interested in the Dutchman but have now lost him to their top 6 rival.
Mirror is reporting that Van Dijk will sign a contract worth £180,000-a-week at the club. The 26-year-old has had an under-par season up until now. However, that has been put down to the player’s unwillingness to continue his career at Southampton. Ever since the summer, he had his eyes set on a move to the red half Merseyside even submitting a transfer request.
Van Dijk said that he was “delighted and honoured” to join Liverpool. However, the player will not be eligible to play for the Reds against Burnley. The club can register new players only from 1st January when the transfer window officially reopens.
BBC reports that Celtic is expected to get a fallout of around £7 million owing to a 10% sell-on clause in the Dutchman’s contract. Van Dijk left Celtic to play for Southampton for a fee of £13 million in September 2015.
It might have taken 6 months and around £15 million more but Liverpool have finally got their man. Liverpool fans have long wanted to see Van Dijk in their club’s colours. It was clear that Van Dijk did not want to play for Southampton given the type of performances he put in for them after returning from an injury in September.
It also speaks of high volumes of Liverpool that they were ready to enter a bidding war with clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City. Van Dijk might just be the man to shore up Liverpool’s mistake-prone defence.