Celtic can tempt Watford to sell Ikechi Anya by offering Virgil van Dijk in exchange

Celtic are keen on signing Ikechi Anya from Watford, and the Hornets need a centre-back.

As reported by the Mirror, Celtic are keen on signing Watford’s Scottish winger Ikechi Anya this summer, and have not been put off by the Hornets’ promotion to the Premier League.

A 27-year-old international, Anya frequently impresses for Scotland, but has struggled at times this term, although he truly hit form late in the campaign as the Hertfordshire club secured a move to the top flight.

However, he has no clear position in head coach Slavisa Jokanovic’s plans, being naturally a winger who has been converted to a wing-back. His defensive work is not strong enough to field him as a full-back in a flat back-four, and Jokanovic favours a 4-4-2 diamond over the 3-5-2 that was used at Vicarage Road during Gianfranco Zola’s reign.

This has opened up the availability of Anya leaving the club this summer, with Celtic preparing to make an offer. However, the Hornets have no need to sell from a financial standpoint, meaning they will only complete a transfer for Anya should a transfer strengthen themselves.

This could put a stall in the works for the Bhoys, but there is one way they could get around this - by offering Watford their own wantaway star.

It appears as if Virgil van Dijk is set to depart Parkhead this summer after two successful seasons with Celtic, and he was quoted by the Scottish Express as confirming he would definitely consider a move to a better league.

He feels as if his development has stalled in Scotland, and Celtic should consider cashing in on the centre-back this summer.

Watford need a centre-back to strengthen the one weak area in their team, and van Dijk has shown himself to be a real talent, and he has plenty of years left to develop, being just 23-years-old.

Both teams could benefit by completing such a swap deal, with Celtic signing a long-term target in exchange for a player who wants to leave, who will strengthen Watford’s first-team.

The players would obviously have to agree to such a deal, but on the surface, it appears as if both clubs would benefit from completing this deal in the summer.

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