Van Dijk Virgil van Dijk during Liverpool 2 - Leicester 1

Why Southampton can’t spent big after Virgil Van Dijk’s Liverpool deal

Southampton, Virgil Van Dijk & Liverpool

Even before Liverpool sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona it had been a busy January at Anfield.

Things kicked off at the start of the month with Liverpool signing Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton.

The Reds agreed to sign the Dutch defender for 75 million pounds.

However, as reported by the Times over the weekend, Southampton’s windfall is far less than fans may think.

Southampton only received £17m this January

In bad news for Southampton fans, it’s been reported the Saints only received £17 million for Van Dijk this January.

That means any hopes of a giant splash in the transfer window is hugely unlikely to happen on the south coast.

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Saints fans have been told about the structure of the VVD deal as follows:

The club’s initial windfall from their record transfer deal will be less than £17 million.

Although Southampton are guaranteed to receive £70 million for Van Dijk, with a further £4 million due in bonus payments if the Holland defender meets certain performance targets, the way the transfer has been structured means that Liverpool’s payments will be made in three equal instalments over the next three years beginning with a £23.3 million downpayment this month.

Another chunk of the Van Dijk transfer fee – around £6 million – is also due to Celtic regarding their sell-on clause in Van Dijk’s Saints transfer contract.

Also deducted from the VVD fee are payments to agents.

Fulham 0 – Southampton 1

Southampton progressed to the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday at Fulham.

James Ward-Prowse scored the only goal of the game in the first half.

Southampton’s victory was a first for Mauricio Pellegrino after a dire run of eight winless matches.

Also see: Updates on Liverpool’s January Thomas Lemar transfer.

Guillem Balague: Barcelona have to sell 8 players after signing Liverpool’s Coutinho.