Liverpool are preparing to offer Virgil van Dijk a stunning new deal worth more than £50million, Football Insider understands.
The defender, 28, signed a five-and-a-half year agreement when he joined from Southampton for an initial £70million in January 2018.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club are keen to tie the Dutch colossus further down as they prepare for talks over an improved contract ahead of the summer.
The fresh terms will give him a major hike on the £125,000-a-week basic salary he secured two years ago.
Sources explained Liverpool are set to offer Van Dijk a new five-year contract worth upwards of £150,000-a-week in addition to bonuses that could potentially take it beyond £50m across its entirety.
The centre-back’s current deal is bolstered by various lucrative top-ups, including a £6m bonus on signing, a further £5m loyalty bonus and then a £4m bonus when he has played 150 Liverpool matches.
In addition, Van Dijk is incentivised for goals and the team’s clean sheets in competitive matches.
Owners Fenway Sports Group regard it as a priority to extend the contract of someone they regard as instrumental in Liverpool’s dominance of English and European football.
Van Dijk has had an astonishing impact since his arrival, with his debut season ending with the PFA player of the year award.
He has played every minute of this season’s remarkable, record-breaking Premier League campaign, in which Liverpool have won all but one of their 25 matches.
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