Liverpool FC agree £75m world record deal for Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk

The news that Virgil van Dijk will join Liverpool in January for £75million has been labelled as "absolute madness" by Stan Collymore.

Liverpool have announced they will sign Virgil van Dijk, the Southampton defender, when the transfer window opens on January 1.

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.

The Netherlands worldwide was on the brink of joining the Merseyside club at the start of the season only for the transfer to fall through after the Reds were accused of making an alleged illegal approach.

"Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player!" he wrote.

But a move fell through when Liverpool apologised for making an alleged illegal approach for the 26-year-old.

The Reds confirmed the deal on Wednesday evening, following earlier reports of a fee being agreed between the two clubs.

Van Dijk added: "I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Les Reed, the board, manager, players, fans and everyone at Southampton".




This prompted the Saints to complain to the Premier League and Liverpool to apologise and agree not to pursue the signing.

Van Dijk was left out of Southampton's squad for their 5-2 defeat by Tottenham on Tuesday, prompting speculation he was set to leave the club.

"And despite a hard few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club". Thank you for everything!

Former Liverpool player Collymore is staggered at the fee.

"It is a lot of money and I'm not even sure he has been playing that well", Neville told Sky Sports.

Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane have all made the same switch in recent years.

Van Dijk's first game is likely to be the FA Cup third round Merseyside derby with Everton.

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