The Celtic midfielder has caught the eye of many sides after his impressive displays in the Champions League this season. Will Arsenal be able to beat teams like Manchester United to the punch with a January bid?
Celtic will have been well aware that their wonderful run in the Champions League would have drawn interest in their best players, especially from the Premiership. Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama have stood out as two men who are in particularly high demand, and whilst the striker looks a good player, Wanyama has the potential to be a little bit special.
The 21 year old powerhouse was the first Kenyan player to score in the Champions League when he netted the first in Celtic's historic 2-1 win over Barcelona, and even before then a move to one of the Premier League's big guns was being touted. Wanyama rejected a new contract at the end of October and it is unlikely his demands will be met by Celtic, with a move to England likely in the summer at the latest.
Manchester United have been the favourites to sign the player for a long time, but new speculation has linked Arsenal to an attempt to steal a march on Ferguson's side. Wenger is looking to add some steel to his midfield with Abou Diaby perpetually injured, and Wanyama's age and abundant talent on the ball makes him the perfect fit for Arsenal. His price tag, which is rumoured to be around £10 million, is also well within Arsenal's range, although if a bidding war between Premier League sides were to break out Celtic might be able to demand a higher fee.
The question now will be whether the lure of Celtic's Champions League tie with Juventus will be enough to convince Wanyama to stay at least until the summer. If he moved to either Manchester United or Arsenal he would be cup-tied for their Champions League ties, and he might view the situation as the perfect chance to gain more experience of the biggest stage in European football before making his move in the summer.
Arsenal have also been lined with a move for Yann M'Vila in this position, and whatever problems the Frenchman has had recently off the pitch, he is an undoubtedly excellent prospect on it. Either M'Vila or Wanyama would add a great deal to Wenger's options, and a move for the Celtic player would also have the added satisfaction of putting one over on Alex Ferguson, opportunities for which don't come around very often.
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