Van Dijk leads 10 most expensive defenders

Brendon Netto 28/12/2017

Liverpool have agreed a £75m fee with Southampton to sign Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window.

The enormous transfer fee dwarfs the previous highest for a defender, the £54m spent by Manchester City for Kyle Walker in the summer.

Van Dijk is now the seventh most expensive transfer of all-time, level with Romelu Lukaku when he moved from Everton to Manchester United in the summer.

The above gallery looks at the most expensive defenders in football.

Is the Dutchman worth the world-record fee for a defender?

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Virgil van Dijk‘s £75million move from Southampton to Liverpool is the sixth transfer between the clubs in the last three and a half years.

Here Press Association Sport looks at the Reds’ raids on St Mary’s and how they have fared at Anfield.

Rickie Lambert (£4million, June 2014)

The big striker was bought as a back-up to provide a Plan B but he never suited then manager Brendan Rodgers’ system and while his story of returning to a club which released him as a youngster was heart-warming, only three goals in 36 matches (most as a substitute) underlined the mistake.

Sold to West Brom in 2015 for £3m, the striker has recently retired.

Rickie Lambert

Adam Lallana (£25m, July 2014)

The England international’s acrimonious departure from Saints did not help his settling-in process and an injury in pre-season delayed his debut – but under Jurgen Klopp he has shown the form that has made him one of the stand-out midfielders in the Premier League.

His current campaign has been blighted by injury, however.

Adam Lallana

Dejan Lovren (£20m, July 2014)

The centre-back was brought in to provide some much-needed leadership following the retirement of stalwart Jamie Carragher but the Croatia international initially struggled with the responsibility.

His form at the start was patchy, but, although a gaffe never seems far away, he has improved markedly.

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Nathaniel Clyne (£12.5m, July 2015)

Arrived as first-choice right-back and produced consistent, if not spectacular, performances in his maiden season which took him into the England squad for Euro 2016.

Backed that up last season but suffered a back injury in the summer and has yet to play this time around.

Nathaniel Clyne

Sadio Mane (£34m, June 2016)

The Senegal international proved to be money spent well as he enjoyed a fine start to life at Anfield, so much so that his departure to the African Cup of Nations was blamed for Liverpool’s January blip.

He ended the campaign with 13 Premier League goals in 27 appearances and has followed that up this season by becoming one of the feared ‘Fab Four’ – alongside Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

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Liverpool sign Van Dijk for world-record £75m

Jim van Wijk 27/12/2017
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Liverpool have struck a world-record deal to sign defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

The Dutch centre-back will move to Anfield in a transfer that is understood to be worth £75million, the highest price ever paid for a defender.

Southampton announced: “Southampton football Club can confirm it has reached an agreement with Liverpool over the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.

“Southampton have agreed a fee that will set a new world-record for a defender. The club wishes Virgil well in his future when the deal is completed on January 1st 2018.”

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