Liverpool have pip Manchester United for the signature of Southampton centre-back Virgil Van Dijk in a world record fee for a defender.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City were all linked with the Dutch star signature last summer but Liverpool have now won the race for his signature.
The Merseyside club confirmed the news via a twitter as they posted a picture of Van Dijk posing with a club Jersey in front of a Christmas tree.
Report according to Daily Mail claims Liverpool signed the 26-year old defender in a £75m deal which will see him earn about £180,000 per week that runs until 2013.
The highly rated defender expressed his excitement for his next challenge at Anfield via a tweet when he said:
‘Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool player. Today is a proud day for me and my 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 and 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.
‘Thank you for all the messages of support. I’m now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting started.’
The Red Devils signed Victor Lindelof from Benfica last season but are still making plans to strengthen their squad when the January transfer window reopen on Monday.
Report also claims Juventus have name their price for Jose Mourinho January target Paulo Dybala.
The Argentine has been a key player for the Turin club and Mourinho wants him in his team in January.