EPL: Van Dijk agrees new six-year deal with Liverpool

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Calcio Mercato journalist Nicolo Shira has now spoken out about the possible deal, with contract talks with his current club ongoing. The Dutchman's new contract will give him an improved basic pay with less dependency on the additional payments than before. The club's huge spending has prompted the defender's representatives to demand a fair wage that would compensate for his status.

At the moment, Van Dijk, who pockets about £125,000 weekly, will now smile to the bank with about £200,000-a-week, according to the Mirror report.

Both Real Madrid and Liverpool are yet to make a final decision regarding the potential summer move.

Next up for Van Dijk and Liverpool is the visit of Newcastle before a trip to play Napoli in the Champions League. He joins Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah - all of which signed new deals in the a year ago.

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The west London giants were not able to register new players during the summer due to the transfer ban and that has been a blessing in disguise with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham taking the opportunity to impress after multiple loan stints away from the club. At Anfield, the player came close to lifting the Premier League title.

They have made a fantastic start and sit top of the table with four wins from four so far - the only team in the top flight with a flawless record - and look in good shape as they aim to become champions for the first time in 30 years.

The Dutch global has completely transformed our back-line with his leadership and in the last campaign, we had the best defensive record in the Premier League (kept most clean sheets and conceded the fewest number of goals).

Arsene Wenger contends Arsenal are the only other side that can challenge Man City and Liverpool for the Premier League title.

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