Virgil van Dijk will reportedly sign a £220,000-per-week deal to become the highest-paid player in Liverpool’s history.
The deal will end speculation that Van Dijk may be tempted to join Paris-Saint Germain – but first the defender will concentrate on helping Liverpool win the Premier League title.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will resume their quest for the crown when they visit Everton for the Goodison Park derby a week on June 21.
Once the title is in the bag, Van Dijk will pen a five-year contract worth a whopping £57million, according to The Sun.
The publication says mega-rich PSG have attempted to turn the 28-year-old’s head by offering him a mammoth £280,000-per-week – which is £100,000-a-week more than he is currently on at Anfield.
However, the reigning PFA Players’ Player of the Year is said to be ready to accept the £40,000-per-week pay rise being offered by world and European club champions Liverpool.
The centre-back was integral to the Reds’ success in winning last year’s Champions League final, 12 months after they were beaten by Real Madrid in the 2017-18 showpiece.
His calm consistency at the back has also helped Klopp’s side win the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup this season, as well as underpinning their relentless charge to the brink of ending their 30-year title drought.
Van Dijk’s pay rise will make him the top earner at Anfield ahead of Mohamed Salah, who is believed to be on £200,000-per-week.
Sadio Mane is reportedly being offered a similar deal to Van Dijk, as Liverpool bid to keep the Senegal forward out of the clutches of Real Madrid.
Both Mane and Salah – who has also been the subject of interest from the La Liga giants – are contracted to Liverpool until 2023.
Liverpool are also hopeful of tying down Georginio Wijnaldum to a new deal, with the midfielder about to enter the final year of his contract.
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