Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is said to have agreed terms on a new deal which came about because of the signing of Harry Maguire by Manchester United, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The Reds centre-back already had a contract which saw him committed to the Anfield outfit until the summer of 2023, on a lucrative £125,000 per week, but after their Old Trafford rivals broke the transfer record to sign the England international on a bumper package, the Merseyside club opened up talks with the Netherlands ace.

Van Dijk, now regarded as the best defender in the world, was said to have had a bonus induced deal with Liverpool, but his new offer will see him less reliant on performance based clauses and centre on a weekly wage, believed to be in the region of £200,000.

The Reds ace was pivotal behind the club winning the Champions League last season and pushing Manchester City close in the Premier League, and is expected to be a key figure in any silverware that is won in future campaigns too.

He has been a rock at the heart of the Liverpool back line since he arrived from Southampton for what was a world record fee of £75 in January 2018, and is set to remain with the Merseyside outfit until at least 2025, when he actually signs a new deal.

The 28-year-old is being spoken about as a leading contender for the Ballon D’Or award this year, which would see his profile go to an even greater level, given that it would mean he would see off the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the gong.

Before then however, the Dutchman will be focusing on club business with Liverpool, who will resume their Premier League campaign this weekend with the lead in the Premier League, a position they will be looking to maintain throughout the season.


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