Liverpool announce deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton

Dec 28, 2017, 00:30
Liverpool announce deal to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton

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

Liverpool also added that the ex-Celtic man would wear the number four shirt at Anfield.

After a summer transfer window saga of huge annoyance and frustration for fans, management and Southampton's Virgil van Dijk himself, there finally seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

"Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football!" he said on Twitter.

The Reds have announced that they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.

Subsequently, Liverpool did. However, that never stopped rumours that Van Dijk would soon make his way to the club.

"The club wishes Virgil well in his future when the deal is completed on January 1st 2018".

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Manchester City were reported to be preparing a £60m move for Van Dijk, but the Reds have moved to beat the Premier League leaders to his signature.

He added that ignoring the money, Van Dijk is an ideal addition to Liverpool's squad: 'Liverpool need defenders and that's the way the market is.

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

Liverpool are now fourth in the league table, while Southampton on 14th.

The Reds confirmed the deal on Wednesday evening, following earlier reports of a fee being agreed between the two clubs.

While there is no doubting the quality of the Dutch worldwide, the size of the fee for a player who has not been performing at his very best this season may still raise a few eyebrows.