Liverpool have announced the signing of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk for an amazing £75 million from Southampton.

Van Dijk will join Liverpool when the transfer window reopens on the 1st of January, and will become the most expensive defender in the history of football.

The previous world record transfer for a defender was the £54 million that Manchester City spent on Kyle Walker last summer.

The deal had been talked about in the summer, but Liverpool had been forced to withdraw after Southampton accused them of poaching.

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The player has already agreed personal terms, rumored to be at around £180,000-a-week, and has completed a medical. He will wear the club’s number 4 jersey.

The player only signed a new six-year contract last year, having joined the Saints from Celtic for £13m in September 2015.

Van Dijk’s fee of £75m is level with Romelu Lukaku as the second most expensive transfer in Premier League history, behind only Manchester United’s £90m purchase of Paul Pogba.