FC Groningen have confirmed the sale of defender Vigil van Dijk to Celtic with a fee of €3 million which includes bonuses, on a four year deal. Celtic have agreed to a 10% resale fee for the Dutch side, if or when they decide to sell him on.
Managing director Hans Nijland said in a statement to the official club website: “After Leandro Bacuna, who has gone to Aston Villa, we have another player to a European club name and fame managed to sell. Celtic is a big club and enjoys international prestige and reputation around the world. Of course we would have preferred to [secure]Virgil van Dijk on sporting grounds longer [to]FC Groningen but as a player himself is ready for a step higher, then you have to look carefully at a good offer.”
A short statement on the official Celtic website, read: “Celtic are delighted to announce that defender Virgil van Dijk has joined the club from FC Groningen.
“The Dutch Under-21 internationalist has signed a four-year deal with the Scottish Champions, and he becomes the latest player to join Neil Lennon´s squad during the close season following the arrival of striker Amido Balde from Portuguese side, Vitoria Guimaraes.”
Signed from Willem II in 2010, the 21-year-old defender went on to play 66 times for FC Groningen scoring seven times. He is also currently a member of the Dutch Under-21 side.
Van Dijk will be officially unveiled at Celtic Park this afternoon at 2.45pm.