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Celtic To Land Tidy Sum After Van Dijk's Move To Liverpool

Celtic To Land Tidy Sum After Van Dijk's Move To Liverpool

Southampton may have raked in a substantial windfall from the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool yesterday, but the Saints weren't the only club to receive a tidy sum for the Dutchman's departure to Anfield.

Celtic also profited handsomely from the deal that saw their former centre-half become the most expensive defender in the history of football.

Van Dijk agreed a £75 million move that will pocket him £180,000-a-week after an original move to Anfield over the summer ended in controversy, with Southampton reporting Liverpool to the FA for the way the Reds approached their player, leading to a grovelling public apology from the Merseyside club.

And 10-15% of that fee will go directly to Celtic, according to the Daily Record, via the Mirror.

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Van Dijk
Van Dijk

We imagine there's probably a few Celtic executives celebrating like this after seeing van Dijk's move to Liverpool go through. Image: PA

That means Celtic will land somewhere in the region of between £7.5 and £11.25 million from van Dijk's sale, having already brought in £13 million for the Dutchman when they sold him to Southampton in 2015.

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Van Dijk posted on his social media channels confirming the move yesterday evening, expressing his delight at moving to Anfield with a lengthy message alongside a rather questionable picture of himself looking rather non plussed, holding a Liverpool shirt in front of a Christmas tree.

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The Dutchman's post read, "Delighted and honoured to have agreed to become a Liverpool FC player!

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"Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football!

"I can't wait to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time in front of the Kop and will give everything I have to try and help this great club achieve something special in the years to come.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Les Reed, the board, manager, players, fans and everyone at Southampton. I will always be indebted to the club for giving me the opportunity to play in the Premier League and despite a difficult last few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Saints and have made friends for life at the club. Thank you for everything.

"Thank you for all the messages of support I'm now looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting started #YNWA"

We're pretty sure Celtic will be saying a few thank you's to Southampton and van Dijk themselves after their latest windfall, as well.

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Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football News, Football, Celtic FC, Premier League, Southampton FC, Virgil Van Dijk, SPL, Liverpool FC

Joe Baiamonte

Northerner. Assistant Editor of SPORTbible. Studied Journalism and Broadcasting in a portakabin on a car park of Salford University for three years. Believes football peaked with Serie A in the '90s and strong-arms pro wrestling references into as many articles as possible. Neymar once took 50 euros off me during a game of poker.