Liverpool have announced they have agreed a deal to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.
The club posted a picture of the Netherlands defender on their website holding a Liverpool jersey and saying that he will join the team when the transfer window reopens on Jan. 1.
Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 27, 2017
A source close to Liverpool said the fee for the deal was £75 million, which would make Van Dijk the most expensive transfer in club history and also constitute a record fee for a defender.
Liverpool had held a long-standing interest in the Netherlands defender and wanted to sign him in the summer until they were forced to publicly apologise to Southampton amid tapping-up allegations.
Speculation had been rife regarding Van Dijk’s future after he was absent from the matchday squad for Southampton’s last two games.