Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has told The Scottish Herald that Celtic have done 'good business' by inserting a sell-on clause in Virgil van Dijk's contract.
The Dutchman has it all; pace, strength, aerial prowess, technical ability and a great reading of the game, which has developed from playing alongside Southampton's veteran defender Jose Fonte.
Southampton's Virgil van Dijk
Unsurprisingly though, Van Dijk's performances have triggered major interest in his signature. The Mirror recently reported that Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are all monitoring the Netherlands international.
Having lost centre backs such as Dejan Lovren and Toby Alderweireld in recent years, Southampton won't want to lose Van Dijk, and the Mirror's report suggested that the Saints will demand at least £40m for their star defender.
Such a deal would be great news for Celtic. Van Dijk joined the Bhoys from Groningen in the summer of 2013, and sold him to Southampton after more than 100 appearances for the club.
Southampton's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring
Recently, The Scottish Sun reported that Celtic have a 10% sell-on clause in Van Dijk's deal, meaning the Bhoys will receive a chunk of any fee Southampton receive for the giant centre back.
Now, Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has told The Scottish Herald that he thinks Van Dijk is the best centre back in the Premier League, and doesn't want to see him leave the club in January – though does acknowledge that his eventual departure is almost inevitable.
Le Tissier added that Van Dijk is worth between £40m and £50m right now, and Celtic's decision to place that sell-on clause in the deal is 'good business' given how much Brendan Rodgers' side stand to make from any move.
Matt Le Tissier
“For me, Virgil van Dijk is probably the best centre-back in the Premier League at the moment,” said Le Tissier. “He is as good as that. I have seen a lot of Southampton this season and at times, he looks like a man playing in a boy’s game. He really does. He had Romelu Lukaku (of Everton) in his pocket for the entire game on Sunday. I just think he is superb.”
“Let me tell you, if Van Dijk stayed for a couple of years I’d be absolutely delighted. But I doubt we’ll keep him for that long. I’m hoping we can at least keep him until the end of the season because then it doesn’t disrupt things too much. Hopefully, we don’t lose him in January.”
“From what I have seen this season, I would probably suggest it would take between £40 million and £50 million to get him away from Southampton. I would be very surprised if he was let go for anything less than that because he has signed a new long-term deal. Celtic will have a sell-on clause and rightly so. That’s good business by them,” he added.
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