Now or never for Man Utd and £6m Celtic star as Sevilla enter race

With the interest surrounding Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk intensifying, Manchester United and Louis van Gaal must now decide whether to launch a bid.

Virgil van Dijk’s time at Celtic looks to be coming to a close with a number of Premier League clubs and teams on the continent rumoured to be lining up bids for the defender – but will Manchester United be among them?

The 22-year-old was rumoured to be on the Red Devils’ radar back in February, having been impressed with the Dutchman’s performances for Celtic since he arrived at Parkhead from FC Groningen for £2.6 million back in June 2013.

Manchester United are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements ahead of the new campaign following the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand at the end of last season.

But if manager Louis van Gaal is keen to rekindle the club’s interest in Van Dijk they will have to move fast, with the Daily Record reporting that Sevilla have entered the race to land the 22-year-old.

The Dutchman is also rumoured to be in the thoughts of Southampton and Newcastle United, with both teams keen to challenge for European qualification next term.

But while either move would represent a fantastic opportunity for Van Dijk to take his career to the next level the reality remains that he is likely to favour any bid from Manchester United and the chance to work with Van Gaal.

The former Ajax and Barcelona manager will be all too aware of the youngsters talents, having seen him turnout for the Dutch Under-21 team.

And while he has yet to earn a call-up to the full national side, Van Dijk will know that a move to Old Trafford could see the Celtic defender take the step up with the Oranje.

But with Sevilla, Newcastle United and Southampton all no doubt keen to wrap up any transfer business early, it could be now or never for Manchester United and Celtic.

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