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Liverpool to sign Southampton's Virgil van Dijk for £75 million

Liverpool to sign Southampton's Virgil van Dijk for £75 million

A source close to Liverpool said the fee for the deal was £75 million, which would make van Dijk the most expensive transfer in club history and also constitute a record fee for a defender.

'That is what Van Dijk has to do, take Liverpool to trophies and be Liverpool's No 1 centre-back for the next decade or so'.

Manchester City had opened discussions with Southampton over a move for Van Dijk, according to Sky sources, but Mauricio Pellegrino said he was unaware of the club's interest.

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

"I can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop".




Southampton - who accused Liverpool of tapping up Van Dijk when they initially made a move for him in the summer - released a brief statement about the deal on their website. This signing could prove to be a masterstroke and strengthen Liverpool's chances in the Champions League where they have sailed into the last 16 emphatically.

Van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic during September 2015 and under the terms of that transfer the Scottish club are set to receive a sell-on fee in the region of £S7.5million ($NZ16 million).

Many Saints fans will be disappointed to let yet another top player slip through their fingers to Liverpool - following the departures of Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and the now-retired Rickie Lambert.

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.

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