(Reuters) – 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 pounds.
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.
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru)