Liverpool have agreed to sign Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a reported world record fee for a defender, both Premier League clubs said on Wednesday.
“The Reds have agreed 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 said in a statement.
“The Netherlands international will be assigned squad number four, upon his arrival at Liverpool.”
Southampton confirmed they “agreed new world-record transfer fee” for a defender for Van Dijk, with British media reporting the figure to be around £75 million.
Van Dijk was expected to join the Merseyside club at the start of the season after he had handed in a transfer request to Southampton.
But the move fell through when Liverpool were forced to make a public apology after being accused of making an illegal approach for the player.
WORLD’S TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE TRANSFERS
1. Neymar, Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, 2017, £200.6 million
2. Ousmane Dembele, Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona, 2017, £96.8m
3. Paul Pogba, Juventus to Manchester United, 2016, £89m
4. Gareth Bale, Tottenham to Real Madrid, 2013, £85.3m
5. Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United to Real Madrid, 2009, £80m
6. Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli to Juventus, 2016, £75.3m
7. Romelu Lukaku, Everton to Manchester United, 2017, £75m
= Virgil van Dijk, Southampton to Liverpool, 2018, £75m
9. Luis Suarez, Liverpool to Barcelona, 2014, £65m
10. James Rodriguez, Monaco to Real Madrid, 2014, £63m