26 Nov 2016

Liverpool MegaDeal: Klopp now free to sign 'fantastic' international star for £40m. Record transfer?

Liverpool will have to break the club's transfer record to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

According to Sky Sports today:

"Virgil van Dijk has attracted interest from Manchester United and Liverpool [and] Southampton will ask for £40m from clubs interested in signing the Netherlands centre-back".

£40m? Obviously, Van Dijk is worth whatever an interested club is willing to pay, but it's exceedingly unlikely (IMO) that Liverpool pay that amount of money for a centre-back.

The club's current record for a central defender is £20m on Dejan Lovren, and based on the Croatian's current form, there's no way Van Dijk is worth £20m more.

That said, a £40m fee will make Van Dijk the third most expensive defender in history (behind David Luiz, and John Stones), and statistically, the Dutch international compares favourably to both.

I can see Man United paying crazy money for a defender, but Jurgen Klopp? Unlikely.

* Described by Fraser Forster as 'fantastic'


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