According to The Guardian, Virgil Van Dijk has agreed to move to Liverpool this summer, snubbing Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Van Dijk is one of Liverpool’s primary transfer targets for this summer, with Mohamed Salah another key target for Jürgen Klopp.
There was speculation that Manchester City would beat Liverpool to Van Dijk’s signature, with the Sky Blues said to be offering more money to sway the Dutchman’s mind and move to Manchester.
The Guardian report that Van Dijk has told Liverpool he wants to move to the Anfield club although a fee is yet to be agreed with Southampton. The Reds are expected to pay as much as £60 million to the South Coast club, with Van Dijk likely to earn wages of up to £200,000 per week.
Klopp hopes to have his new centre-back at the club by the time his side are faced with their two-legged UEFA Champions League play-off in August.
Liverpool will do very well to secure Van Dijk’s signature, with the Dutchman expected to make an instant impact on the Reds’ defence. The former Celtic defender is well known for his strength and power, as well as his ability to marshal a backline.
Dejan Lovren is expected to drop to the bench for Liverpool, with Jöel Matip to be Van Dijk’s central defensive partner. With Nathaniel Clyne at right back and a new left back due to be signed, Klopp’s backline will be revolutionised and not typical of what has been seen at Anfield for the last several years.
Signing Van Dijk, even for as much as £60 million is good business. It’s not supporters’ money and will do wonders to improve the side – I have only good things to say if this proves true.