Sepp van den Berg: Liverpool reach agreement to sign defender from PEC Zwolle
Liverpool have reached an agreement to sign 17-year-old centre-back Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle for an initial £1.3m.
The Netherlands Under-19 international, who was also a target for Ajax, Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven, will officially join the Reds on 1 July.
The fee for Van den Berg could rise to £4.4m depending on add-ons, based on first-team appearances.
He will be Liverpool’s first signing of the summer when he officially joins.
Van den Berg made 15 appearances for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch top flight last season.
Liverpool compare Van den Berg to being at about the same level as Joe Gomez when they signed the defender for £3.5m from Charlton in June 2015.
England international Gomez was a key part of Liverpool’s defence last season before injury curtailed his season.
The Anfield club see Van den Berg as a player for the long term and, although there is a belief he could be with the first team from day one, the focus initially would be on his development and integration.