Journalist: Celtic set for major boost in reported record-breaking transfer deal
Celtic are set to receive a major financial boost of £7.5million as a result of a sell on clause for central defender Virgil van Dijk after a report of his sale to Liverpool, according to a journalist.
Freelance reporter Pete O’Rourke has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Hoops had a 10 per cent deal in place with Southampton for the Dutch centre back following his departure back in 2015, and that they are set to receive a seven-figure income following the Telegraph’s report that Liverpool have agreed a £75million deal with the Saints for his signing.
— Pete O'Rourke (@SportsPeteO) December 27, 2017
The Reds’ confirmed via their official Twitter account that the deal had been agreed, with the reported fee for the 26-year-old set to break the record for a transfer fee spent on a defender, after Manchester City’s £54million capture of Kyle Walker from Tottenham in the summer.
Liverpool Football Club can confirm they have reached an agreement with Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 27, 2017
The fee will make the move for van Dijk the joint second most expensive in the history of the Premier League, level with Manchester United’s signing of Romelu Lukaku and behind only Paul Pogba rejoining the Red Devils from Juventus for £90million.
The centre back arrived in Britain after Celtic signed him from Dutch side FC Groningen in 2013, and he went on to make 115 appearances for the Hoops before leaving Scotland for the south coast in a reported £13million move, meaning that the Scottish side will have made £20.5million from his sale.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers was impressed by Kristoffer Ajer’s performance against Dundee.