Virgil van Dijk to Transfer to Liverpool from Southampton for Rumoured £75m

Van Dijk did not feature at Wembley and looks set to leave Southampton

The fee for Van Dijk, who joined Southampton from Celtic in 2015 for £13million, will be a world record for a defender.

With City setting the £54 million world-record for the purchase of a defender during the summer, Liverpool till surpass this by £21 million; bringing van Dijk's fee to £75 million.

This news comes after the Dutch defender's omission from Southampton's last two matchday squads, amidst much speculation from both sets of supporters.

In a statement van Dijk said he was "delighted and honored" to sign for Liverpool, accepted he had had a "difficult last few months" at Southampton.

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In terms of van Dijk's own payment, it is expected that he will be on anything from £180,000 a week upward.

The Reds icon, 39, told Sky Sports: 'I think there is a dearth of top-class centre-backs throughout world football hence why so many clubs wanted him and the transfer fee is so high, ' said Carragher.

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

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

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The Netherlands global aimed to force a move to Anfield in the summer but saw his efforts rejected by Southampton.

The Premier League clubs announced on Wednesday an agreement had been reached for the centre-back to move to Anfield when the transfer window opens on January 1.

The 26 year old defender will move to Anfield in the New Year with British media reporting the deal to be worth $140 million.

Van Dijk is the sixth player to sign for Liverpool from Southampton since 2014, following the path taken by Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne.

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