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Liverpool have smashed the world record transfer fee for a centre-back after agreeing to sign Virgil van Dijk from Premier League rivals Southampton.

The Dutch defender will move to the Merseyside club next week when the football transfer window opens on January 1.

At 84 million euros, the deal for Van Dijk is the biggest in football history for a defender, dwarfing the sums paid by Manchester City for Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker.

Liverpool tried to sign the 26-year-old last summer for around 67 million euros until the deal broke down acrimoniously.

Van Dijk is said to have undergone a medical on Wednesday after setting his heart on a move from St Mary's. He is thought to have agreed a contract until 2023 worth in the region of 200,000 euros a week.