Leading up to the January transfer window, the back pages were awash with rumours and speculation over the future of Celtic’s Victor Wanyama.
However, since the winter window shut there has been very little transfer gossip on the 21-year-old Kenyan.
Back in December of last year, Celtic boss Neil Lennon was valuing him at £25 million after paying just £900,000 for the defensive midfielder in 2011. He was heavily linked with interest from a number of Premier League suitors, following a number of standout performances for Celtic in the Champions League.
However, since Celtic exited the competition, the rumours have subsided but, despite the lack of coverage, the case remains that Wanyama’s current deal only runs until 2015 and he is one of the most sought-after players on the continent.
The likes of Manchester United and Arsenal were rumoured to be interested in securing his services with some news outlets claiming United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had habitually been sending scouts to observe the midfielder.
I have absolutely no doubt that Wanyama will be sold before the end of his contract in two years time but the exceptional ability and potential of the young man means he will likely be hotly pursued my a number of top clubs, especially in England.
However, the fact that the rumours have mostly disappeared leads me to believe there might be work going on behind the scenes at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is notoriously cautious about discussing his transfer targets and it’s the worst kept secret in the league that Arsenal require a physical presence in their midfield.
Wherever he ends up playing his football in the long run is anyone’s guess but I’m inclined to think he’ll be Premier League-bound this summer. The fact that there are no rumours circulating only makes me think there’s something in it, such is the nature of our industry.
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