Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk in a deal price round £75m.
Southampton confirmed in a press release on their official web site that the deal will make the Dutchman the costliest defender in world soccer historical past, blowing the £52m Manchester Metropolis paid for Benjamin Mendy out of the water.
The 26-year-old centre-back, who was pursued by the Reds for a lot of the summer season earlier than Southampton accused them of tapping the defender up, forcing Jurgen Klopp’s males to again off, will full his transfer when the switch window opens on January 1.
In a press release on Instagram, Van Dijk wrote: “Delighted and honoured to have agreed to turn into a Liverpool FC participant! Right now is a proud day for me and my household as I be part of one of many greatest golf equipment in world soccer!
“I can’t wait to drag on the well-known purple shirt for the primary time in entrance of the Kop and can give every thing I’ve to attempt to assist this nice membership obtain one thing particular within the years to come back. I’d additionally prefer to take this chance to say thanks to Les Reed, the board, supervisor, gamers, followers and everybody at Southampton.
“I’ll at all times be indebted to the membership for giving me the chance to play within the Premier League and regardless of a troublesome previous few months I’ve completely loved my time at Saints and have made associates for all times on the membership. Thanks for every thing. Thanks for all of the messages of assist. I’m now wanting ahead to assembly my new team-mates and getting began
Liverpool’s assertion confirming the deal reads: “
Southampton added on their very own official channel: “Southampton have agreed a price that may set a brand new world-record for a defender. The membership needs Virgil nicely in his future when the deal is accomplished on January 1st 2018.”