The Dutchman is looking like a major target for Southampton this summer.
Southampton confirmed earlier today that Romanian defender Florin Gardos had suffered knee ligament damage and would be out for six to seven months of the season.
Whilst that is obviously bad news for Southampton, Celtic fans should also beware. Gardos’ injury coupled with former loanee Toby Alderweireld’s decision to join Tottenham Hotspur leaves Southampton desperately short of central defenders.
Which might just see them move back in for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.
The Dutchman has made no secret of his desire to head to the Premier League this term after a fantastic season in Scotland last term. He wants to push toward the Dutch national team and playing in the Premier League will help that ambition.
With Southampton now only having Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida as first-team central-defenders a new signing is needed. Van Dijk would be the perfect option for his Dutch countryman Ronald Koeman.
Indeed the rumours have started already. ESPN report that Southampton are now readying their bid for the player, although Celtic are said to be waiting until they have ensured themselves of a place in the Champions League before entertaining a sale.
Should Celtic sell?
If the player wants to go, which he clearly does, than the club need to do the right thing.
Van Dijk’s value is currently at its peak and they may be able to get in excess of £10 million for the player.
Southampton’s current predicament makes them desperate buyers as well, Celtic hold all the cards in this apparent transfer deal.
They should stall, until after the Qarabag tie, and then let Van Dijk go for a whopping fee.
It is good business, and they can swiftly bring in a player good enough for the Scottish league for that type of money.