Agent reveals that £10m Celtic star’s move to top Premier League club is likely

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The agent of Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk has admitted that his client is expected to leave this summer – with Manchester United a possible destination.

The Celtic defender has been a standout player for the Hoops this season, and is fully expected to follow the likes of Gary Hooper, Victor Wanyama and Kelvin Wilson in making the move south of the border.

The key difference for the Dutch defender however is the standard of clubs willing to take him on – said to be the absolute top clubs.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old in the past, and as a result of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand’s impeding summer departures, a top quality centre-back is now a top priority for David Moyes.

Could the Red Devils be willing to gamble on Virgil Van Dijk? According to his agent, then perhaps they will.

Reported by the Scotsman, Van Dijk’s agent Henk-Maarten Chin expects his client to receive offers from the Premier League’s top clubs, saying:

"There is certainly interest. Many English clubs are interested in him - the absolute top clubs. They watch him and are very keen. There has not been no official approaches for Virgil yet, but that will come after the season ends.”

"There's certainly far more interest in him than we could have dreamed of. I expect something will happen for him this summer - the intention would be for him to earn a top transfer.”

Virgil Van Dijk only joined Celtic last summer for a reported bargain fee of £2.6m, however his performances this season both in Scotland and in the Champions League would suggest he’s playing below himself.

Is he good enough for a top Premier League club however? Well, If his performances against worldclass stars Neymar and Balotelli in the Champions League are the benchmark, then Manchester United may not have to go far to find their priority centre-back summer signing.

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