Liverpool have confirmed that they have agreed a world-record deal for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
An official statement on their website read: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.
“The Netherlands international will be assigned squad number four, upon his arrival at Liverpool.”
The Reds courted Van Dijk last summer but failed to persuade Southampton to part with the centre-half, and were forced into an embarrassing climbdown in June.
Liverpool and Southampton ‘have been in discreet negotiations’ for a number of days, and have finally reached an agreement over the fee.
The £75m fee is a world record for a defender, overtaking the £52m Manchester City paid for Benjamin Mendy.