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Liverpool close in on £75m fee for Virgil Van Dijk

  • Liverpool and Southampton are close to agreeing a £75m fee for the defender
  • Virgil Van Dijk would earn around £200,000-a-week as part of the transfer 
  • Manchester City have been reluctant to meet Southampton’s asking price 
  • Van Dijk was left out of Southampton’s squad to face Tottenham on Boxing Day 

Liverpool and Southampton are close to agreeing a £75million deal for Virgil van Dijk.

Talks have been ongoing in recent days with Southampton leaving the Dutch defender out of their squad to face Tottenham on Boxing Day as talks came to a head.

Manchester City have also held talks for the 26-year-old but have been reluctant to meet Southampton’s asking price while Chelsea have also asked to be kept informed.

Liverpool are close to agreeing a £75million fee with Southampton to sign Virgil van Dijk

The fee, a world record for a defender, would also see Van Dijk’s former club Celtic earn around £7.5million from a sell-on fee.

Van Dijk is expected to earn around £200,000 a week as part of the transfer.

Liverpool were considered favourites to sign Van Dijk last summer until Southampton reported them for an illegal approach. Liverpool apologised and withdrew from the deal but talks have since resumed between the two parties. 



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