Arsenal reportedly line-up £8m bid for Celtic star

Arsenal are lining-up an £8 million bid for Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk in January, according to reports.

Arsenal are to make an £8 million offer for Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk in January, according to reports.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Dutchman for some time and it seems they may follow their interest up in the new year.

Van Dijk has established himself as a star in the Bhoys team over the past seasons and his form has encouraged Arsene Wenger that he would be a valuable addition at the Emirates.

The 23-year-old is technically astute and commanding in the heart of the defence and Wenger clearly feels that he is ready for the step-up.

Celtic had hoped to keep hold of Van Dijk for his year at least, but their failure to qualify for the Champions League has meant that they may need to cash-in on their most valuable asset. 

Van Dijk may not be able to break up the partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker straight away, but he certainly would provide the two with more competition than they currently have.

The North-London side have a lack of cover at centre-back and Calum Chambers, who has played much of his senior career as a right-back, has been their first-choice replacement so far this campaign.

It means that Van Dijk's arrival could be important, as not only would he add quality at centre-back, but the added competition could improve Koscielny's and Mertesacker's performances. 

Celtic, meanwhile, would be left cursing their poor opening to the season, with Van Dijk's possible departure meaning it threatens to get worse.

The side are already playing catch-up in the league, while their European failure looks set to be very costly. 

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