Liverpool's new £75m signing Van Dijk can't wait to 'pull on the famous red shirt'

David Cooper 27/12/2017
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Liverpool, at long last, have completed the signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

The 26-year-old joins the club in a deal understood to be worth £75m and took to Instagram to express his delight at joining the Merseyside outfit.

His post read: “Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player! Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football!”

After a long transfer saga that dragged on through the summer and over the course of the season since, the Dutchman says he can’t wait to pull on the jersey for Liverpool and achieve success with the club.

“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.”

Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC 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, 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 🔴 #YNWA

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Despite enduring a rather difficult time over the summer and the start of the campaign with Southampton, so much so that he was made to train alone amid the transfer speculation, Van Dijk thanked the club for his stint with them.

“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 all the messages of support. I’m now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting started,” he signed off.

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Paulinho reveals Barcelona transfer talk with Liverpool's Coutinho

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Barcelona midfielder Paulinho says he has been in touch with Brazil team-mate Philippe Coutinho to discuss a possible transfer to the Spanish giants.

Liverpool forward Coutinho handed in a transfer request in August after LaLiga leaders Barcelona had a bid for the Brazilian rejected, but the Reds turned down a further two offers, with owners Fenway Sports Group publicly stating he was not for sale.

The 25-year-old missed the start of the season with a back problem, but has been outstanding since his return and his stunning opener in the 5-0 Boxing Day demolition of Swansea was his seventh goal in as many games.

However, speculation regarding a Janaury switch to the Nou Camp for Coutinho has continued, and Paulinho – who joined the club from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in August – joked that a property search for Coutinho was already under way.

“I make jokes that people are already looking for a house for him,” Paulinho told mundodeportivo.com.

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“I try to give him the basic information, the most important for him and his family, because maybe the time he lived here was not enough to know the city, but he knows that Barcelona is a very good city, that offers everything for him and his family.

“You have to think about the decision you are going to make. What I think is that if you have the opportunity to come, you will not regret it.”

Should any deal go through, Paulinho believes Coutinho will be a good addition to Barcelona’s already impressive attacking options.

“He has a way of playing that everyone observes, both in Liverpool and in Brazil,” he added.

“He is a very fast player, very agile. He gives many options for those who play in the centre of the field, pass options, also looks for free spaces to place the ball and go to goal.

“He can play in two or three positions and I think that will also help the coach and the players. Now I just have to encourage it to happen.”

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Juventus set £140m price for Man United target Dybala, Chelsea eye Vidal

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Paulo Dybala

Find the latest transfer news right here as the window opens January 1, 2018.

There’s plenty of speculation throughout Europe and here, we take a look at the biggest stories dominating the headlines on Wednesday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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PAULO DYBALA

Juventus will demand a fee in the region of £140m from Manchester United for the services of Paulo Dybala in January, according to the Independent.

It was previously reported that Jose Mourinho would attempt a £60m move but that figure has been shot down.

RATING: 6/10

VERDICT

It’s an exorbitant fee but United do reek of desperation at the moment with Manchester City well ahead in the Premier League. It would make more sense to wait until the summer and drive down the price a bit, especially since the league appears to be out of reach already and the Argentine is Champions League bound.

The 24-year-old would be a great asset to have though and should slot in well at United. Mourinho has already hinted that the club need to invest more money in the squad to compete.

Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala

ARTURO VIDAL

Antonio Conte has refused to rule out a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal, claiming he would ‘go to war’ with the player.

SPORT360 RATING: 5/10

VERDICT

The Chilean very much like the kind of midfielder and character Conte would relish working with. At 31, he still brings plenty of energy and bite into the midfield. However, where exactly does he fit in among the likes of N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas?

Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal

MESUT OZIL

United have been heavily linked with a move for Mesut Ozil but Barcelona have now put him on their shopping list, the Express report.

SPORT360 RATING: 7/10

VERDICT

Despite his tendency to dip in and out of form, clubs are lining up to sign Ozil. There’s no questioning the German’s quality and he is one of the best bargains around with his contract at Arsenal expiring in the summer.

Barcelona would love to take advantage of that and reel in a playmaker capable of replacing Andres Iniesta as a regular starter perhaps and even lighten the creative responsibilities on Lionel Messi’s shoulders. As for the player, it would be a massive step up. If he moves in January itself, he’ll probably have a league winner’s medal around his neck at the end of the campaign.

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

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