Liverpool Set To Make Virgil van Dijk Their Record Signing In Upcoming Days

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk celebrates.

Reuters / Matthew Childs

Jurgen Klopp has won the race to sign in-demand Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, beating interests from Manchester City and Chelsea.

The former Celtic man joined the English club at the start of the previous season, and in just two years in England, he has grown into one of the best defenders in the country. He missed the last couple of months with an injury, but has already stepped up his recovery process, and has been scouted by all three English club extensively.

Manchester City were believed to be in pole position to secure his signature, but Liverpool have now come out and splashed the cash on their top transfer target to all but secure his services.

According to reports from The Guardian, the 25-year old has now told Liverpool that he wants to join them at Anfield next season.

Southampton are holding on to a fee of around £60m, and it was understood that the price may have scared Liverpool away. But Sky Sports now report that the Reds are ready to break the bank for his signature, and are set to make him their record transfer.

The report suggests that Liverpool are ready to offer £60m for his services, and are also tabling a wage package of £200,000-a-week, which makes him one of the highest-paid players at the club.

The transfer fee will also make Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the history of the game, and will come as a huge blow to Chelsea and City, who were desperate for defensive additions.

With Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren also in their ranks, Liverpool may have just pulled off one of their best signings in recent times, even if it is at a highly inflated rate.


Written by Aakarsh Bommakanti  

A scholar in Cricket, an amateur in Football, a fanatic of both. Striving to learn by the day and writing to get closer to his first love, Liverpool Football Club. Work also featured by the4thofficial, Soccersouls, Sportswiki, Faceoffootball, Rousing the Kop.


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