Van Dijk Fee Is World Record For Defender
Liverpool have announced the signing of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. The 26-year-old will join the Reds when the transfer window formally opens on 1 January.
Liverpool confirmed the news on their website this evening. No transfer fee has been officially announced but there are rumours the Reds have paid £75million for van Dijk. That would be a world record for a defender.
Southampton have also confirmed that van Dijk will leave for a record fee.
The deal brings to an end over six months of speculation over the Netherlands international. Van Dijk was linked with Liverpool at the end of last season despite missing the final four months of the campaign through injury. But Southampton reported Liverpool to the Football Association over what they perceived as an illegal approach from the Merseyside club. Liverpool were let off with a rap over the knuckles and their interest in van Dijk was at an end – at least for the summer.
Liverpool’s defensive frailties have been laid bare this season. The 23 goals they have conceded is the joint-worst, along with Arsenal, in the top six.
Van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic two seasons ago in a £13.5million transfer deal. But the Scottish side are due a 10 percent sell-on fee as part of that agreement. That ought to net them an additional £7.5million.