Virgil Van Dijk: Liverpool signs defender from Southampton with $100.5 million fee

Virgil Van Dijk: Liverpool signs defender from Southampton with $100.5 million fee

Premier League club Liverpool has agreed to a deal with Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

The club announced the acquisition on Wednesday. The deal is for a reported £75 million, or more than $100 million.

“The Reds have agreed on a deal with the south coast club, and the player himself, that will see the 26-year-old defender move to Anfield when the transfer window re-opens on January 1, 2018,” Liverpool wrote in a statement Wednesday.

“The Netherlands international will be assigned squad number four, upon his arrival at Liverpool.”

Van Dijk handed in a transfer request in August, according to multiple reports. BBC Sport reported he wanted to move to Liverpool in June.

“Southampton Football Club can confirm it has reached an agreement with Liverpool over the transfer of Virgil van Dijk,” Southampton said in a statement.

“Southampton have agreed on a fee that will set a new world record for a defender. The club wishes Virgil well in his future when the deal is completed on January 1st, 2018.”

Van Dijk and Liverpool completed a medical on Friday and he will make more than $240,000 per week, according to the Telegraph. The contract is a world record for a defender.

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