Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are going to have to pay up if they want to sign Virgil Van Dijk from Celtic.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila has given an update on the situation of the £10 million rated defender, suggesting that any team wanting to sign him, will have to pay big money to get their man.
“He’s worth a lot of money. But I am very calm. Virgil is enjoying his football, playing well and when I speak with him he’s happy here. That’s positive. He is such an important player for us,” said Deila.
Arsenal have been linked with signing a centre back during the January transfer window, with Arsene Wenger reportedly keen to take some of the pressure away from players already at the club.
Calum Chambers has already been forced to play out of position a number of times, with Wenger having already commented that he’s being forced to ask too much of the youngster.
Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal have also been moved in from their full-back roles to play centrally in the middle of Arsenal’s back four.
Tottenham’s interest in Van Dijk is a little confusing considering they have so many good options at centre back, with captain Younes Kaboul unable to even get into the team at the moment.
However, it would be a real statement of intent if Spurs could snap up the defender, who Deila believes has a big future.
“He is a very good player now but he can be a world-class player.”
A fee of £10 million plus will get Celtic’s attention and will get them talking but until Arsenal, Spurs or any other side puts that fee on the table, Deila seems quite content with the current situation.