Liverpool agree £75 million fee with Southampton for Virgil van Dijk – report
Liverpool have reportedly agreed a £75 million fee with Southampton for Virgil van Dijk.
Virgil van Dijk has been determined to leave Southampton.
Liverpool wanted to sign Van Dijk last summer but angered Southampton with an alleged illegal approach and were forced into issuing an apology.
Manchester City and Chelsea had both been interested in Van Dijk but the Dutch defender has had his heart set on a move to Anfield since the summer.
And the Telegraph say Liverpool and Southampton have been in discreet talks and a world record fee for a defender has been negotiated.
The £75million fee will smash the deal Liverpool agreed with RB Leipzig for Naby Keita in the summer.
Van Dijk has not featured in Southampton’s last three games and manager Mauricio Pellegrino appeared resigned to losing Van Dijk when he spoke following the Saints’ 5-2 defeat to Tottenham yesterday.
He said: “We tried to do the best for the team. The board decided to try to keep our best player at the club.
“This situation is a big learning curve for everybody and now we decide what is the best for the club.
“The manager decides what is the best. We win, draw and lose, with and without Virgil.
“We have to wait until January. I can’t control the market so we’ll see what happens.”
The Telegraph report says Van Dijk will earn around £180,000 and