Van Dijk sale is good business for Southampton, says Pellegrino

The Netherlands global looks set to become the most expensive defender in the history of the game when he completes a January transfer to Anfield, barring any late super-bid from either Manchester City or Chelsea, who have both been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old.

Van Dijk will become the world's most expensive defender when he finalises his move to Liverpool on January 1st, with Klopp insisting he is not anxious about the fee his club paid for their new No.4.

"I think Van Dijk has got better attributes on the ball than Sol Bamba but I don't think he is a better defender", Warnock said, via Sky Sports.

The Dutch worldwide finally secured a move to Anfield as the world's most expensive defender on Wednesday, with British media reporting it was a 75 million pounds ($100.88 million) deal.

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"I am happy for him and happy he can't play against us, which is a good thing", Puel said.

"People will look at the transfer that normally strikers go for but as with any transfer fee if he performs well and does his job it will be worth it". The one centre-back when the transfer fee felt so huge at the time was 15 years ago when Rio Ferdinand went to Manchester United. But he repaid that.

The now Leicester boss had Van Dijk as his skipper at Southampton last season as the Saints fought to keep the centre-back.

"Yesterday, Virgil van Dijk was bought for £75m".

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has insisted the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool will be positive for the club.

Liverpool wanted to sign the classy Holland global in the summer but withdrew their interest and apologised for the manner of their pursuit.

Jurgen Klopp's side were willing to pay the extra £15m for the 26-year-old after another season full of problems in defence.

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