It was last night confirmed that Liverpool had agreed a £75m fee with Southampton for long term target Virgil van Dijk to move north when the transfer window reopens on January 1st.
The fee is a world record for the Dutch international centre back, making him the most expensive defender ever, surpassing the £52m Manchester City paid Monaco for Benjamin Mendy in the summer.
The agreement brings an end to the saga that started during the summer when van Dijk first handed in a transfer request, but the move to Liverpool eventually fell through as Liverpool were forced to apologies for making an ‘alleged illegal approach for the 26-year-old. However, the defender has never re-settled at St Mary’s despite only signing a new six-year deal with the Saints last year and was left out of the squad that lost to Tottenham on Boxing day prompting speculation that the move was back on.
With the Merseyside club already announcing that their new recruit will wear the number 4 jersey once he is officially registered, which will not be in time for their New Years Day clash with Burnley as although the transfer window officially opens on Jan 1st he can not be registered as a Liverpool player until the following day Jan 2nd.
The club have also announced that defender Jon Flanagan will appear in court in the new year after being charged with common assault following an incident in Liverpool City centre around 03.30am on Friday morning.
The player has since been released on conditional bail and will appear in court on 2nd January.
Flanagan has made over 50 first team appearances for Liverpool, since his debut as an 18 year old, but has found chances hard to come by recently having played only once this season after spending last season on loan to Burnley.