Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk.
That’s the claim being made in an article written by Jeremy Wilson in The Telegraph, with the journalist reporting that the Holland international will make the switch for a world record fee.
It is being claimed that Liverpool have agreed to pay Southampton £75m to land the Dutchman – which would be the most ever paid for a defender in the history of the game.
Manchester City and Chelsea remain keen on signing the twenty-six year old, but he has apparently decided that he still wants to move to Anfield to become part of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad.
Southampton refused to allow the former Celtic man to leave St Mary’s back in the Summer, but it now seems that they have changed their minds and accepted that he will be moving on in January.
Wilson claims that the deal could be announced ahead of the transfer window opening on new year’s day, provided all the negotiations continue smoothly and there are no hiccups.
Van Dijk will get paid £180,000 a week, according to the article, and is likely to take the vacant number 4 shirt if he does finally arrive at the club in the coming week or so.
A fee of £75m would see Van Dijk sit alongside Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku as the second most expensive player in Premier League history, behind only Lukaku’s team-mate Paul Pogba, who moved for £90m in 2016.