While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talks down the need to add to his clubs defence in the off-season he will have heard loud and clear what Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk had to say the other day while being intervened by Dutch regional radio station Omroep Brabant: “Celtic are a great club with a fantastic stadium and the fans are great. But the competition is not too good.
“I want to develop. If the opportunity is there, I would definitely consider a transfer.” Said the 23-year-old.
Arsenal has in the past been linked to the former Groningen defender with talk of him moving to the Emirates for as little as £10 million.
Former Celtic captain and now U-17 coach Tony Boyd feels that he would succeed south of the border.
‘I certainly think he’s capable of playing at top clubs down south from what I’ve seen. There’s no problem there,’ Boyd told the Scottish press.
‘Selfishly, I hope he doesn’t because I want him to stay at Celtic for a number of years.
‘He gives everything in every game and he has performed exceptionally well. That’s why he has come to the attention of sides like Arsenal.
‘He has everything in his locker to go down there. He has pace, power and can score goals.’
Your move Monsieur Wenger.