Liverpool Breaks World Record To Sign Virgil Van Dijk .
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After holding a long interest in the Southampton defender,Liverpool have agreed to a club-record deal to sign defender Virgil van Dijk in a deal said to be around £75 million.
The club posted a picture on their website of the Netherlands defender holding a Liverpool jersey, and said that he will join the team when the transfer window reopens Monday.
The Netherlands International also confirmed the transfer by posting on his Instagram post
“Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player! Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football!”
The deal will see the defender be the highest paid defender in the world after eclipsing the £54m spent by Manchester City to sign England full-back Kyle Walker from Tottenham during the summer and sees a protracted saga reach its end.
Van Dijk will wear the No. 4 shirt upon his arrival at Anfield as Southampton also confirmed the deal, announcing: “Southampton have agreed a fee that will set a new world-record for a defender. The club wishes Virgil well in his future when the deal is completed on January 1st 2018.”
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.