Latest reports say Chelsea’s long-term target Virgil Van Dijk has agreed on a record deal to sign for Premier League rivals Liverpool.
The Southampton defender has been in the news for months now as he looked for a move away from the St. Mary’s and was linked with a host of big clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City, but it has been reported that the Merseyside club has concluded a deal for the star defender.
The Reds were close to agreeing on a fee with The Saints in the summer both were made to issue an apology after they were accused by Southampton of illegal approaching the Dutchman.
Negotiations were said to have been swiftly carried out after a long process of repairing the relationship between the two clubs.
The deal is said to be a world record fee for a defender as Liverpool are set to pay ₤75 million for the services of Van Dijk beating the previous record set by Manchester City when they paid ₤54 million to Tottenham Hotspur for Kyle Walker.
The 26-year old underwent a medical on Wednesday with a move set to be completed as soon as the transfer window opens in the New Year. He is set to earn ₤180,000 per week and is to wear the No. 4 jersey at Liverpool.
Chelsea will now have to look elsewhere as they are known to be targeting AC Milan Italian Defender Leonardo Bonucci.