Manchester United alerted as Moscow club bids for Celtic man

Celtic Parkhead

Bhoys favourite Virgil van Dijk may be nearing the end of his time at Celtic with Dinamo Moscow making an early move for the Dutchman.

Celtic could be set to cash-in on Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk this summer amid reports that one club is already mulling over a significant bid for the youngster.

According to a report from the Scotsman, Dinamo Moscow have contacted the Parkhead club with a view to launching a bid for the highly-rated player.

But while it’s questionable as to whether van Dijk would be open to moving to the Russian Premier League, any move for the defender could prompt other clubs into action, with the Dutchman not short of admirers in the past.

Back in April, the 22-year-old was rumoured to be the subject of particular interest from Manchester City and Manchester United, with the North West pair willing to pay as much as £10 million respectively to land the player.

And with both the Citizens and Red Devils keen to recruit new defenders this summer, Dinamo’s early move for the player could spark a bidding war.

Celtic would ideally like to hold on to van Dijk for the forseable future, but with the player likely to command a significant transfer fee, should they get an offer too good to turn down then the Dutchman could well be on the move.

The departure would nevertheless represent a blow to Neil Lennon’s plans for next season, with the Northern Irishman keen to kick on in the Champions League following a disappointing campaign on the continent in which Celtic failed to even secure a Europa League last-16 spot.

At present, the key target for the Bhoys is a new striker, as the club prepares for life without the soon-to-depart Georgios Samaras.

Gary Hooper is one name being linked with a return to the club, and should the Hoops receive a hefty transfer fee for van Dijk, then the striker could yet be in line for a Parkhead return.

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