Transfer news: Manchester City and Arsenal consider £10m bid for Virgil van Dijk after impressive Celtic form
Dutch star linked with a move away from Celtic Park after a string of impressive displays
Wednesday 08 January 2014
English duo Manchester City and Arsenal are weighing up the pros and cons of an attempt to sign Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
Both clubs, according to the Express, have sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old but are yet to make an official approach.
The SPL champions signed van Dijk for just £1.6m from Groningen last summer on a four-year contract.
The Dutchman’s form has impressed Celtic manager Neil Lennon to such an extent that he expects a call to come from Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal.
Lennon said: "It’s inevitable, if he keeps going and progressing the way he is, that he’ll become a Dutch international. He makes it look easy. People seem to think he has a laid-back attitude, but his work ethic is very high and he’s a kid who wants to get better.
"I’d like to think Virgil would get a chance with his country."
Van Dijk has made 29 appearances for Celtic this season, scoring three goals but fears he will miss out on the World Cup squad.
"I have never been invited so I think the chances are not so big for me," he said recently.
"That’s unfortunate but I have to move on, keep playing good games and maybe, you never know, the chance will come."
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