DONE DEAL: Liverpool complete Vigil signing - FCNaija

EPL By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 27/12/2017

Liverpool has finally won the race to sign Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk for a world record £75 million fee for a defender.

Liverpool tried to sign the Dutch defender last season but the Reds were unable to complete the deal after Southampton threaten to report Liverpool to the FA for an illegal approach.

Finally, Liverpool got their man for a £75 million and personal terms and medicals have been completed and confirmed by Liverpool.

Liverpool ensured they edge out competition from Manchester United and Chelsea to secure the move Van Dijk and he will move to Anfield on January 1.

Van Dijk dons the jersey Number 4 and he will become the most expensive defender after he broke the record fee of  54m paid for Kyle Walker in the last summer.

"Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player!" said Van Dijk. "Today is a proud day for me and family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football!

"I can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Les Reed, the board, manager, players, fans and everyone at Southampton. I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League and despite a difficult last few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club. Thank you for everything."

Van Dijk is the second highest signing in Premier League history and he is in level, Paul Pogba remain the most expensive signing in the Premier League with a record of £90m from Juventus.