Victor Wanyama last night dropped the biggest hint yet that he’ll leave Celtic this summer. The midfield powerhouse is being courted throughout the EPL with Arsenal and Stoke among the clubs leading the chase for his £10million signature.
Wanyama is not pushing for a transfer out of Glasgow but the potential profit could leave Celtic with little option – having paid just £900,000 to land the Kenyan two years ago from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot.
The 21-year old Celtic midfielder reportedly told a Kenyan TV station NTV that his proposed summer shift to North London could become a distinct possibility.
When asked if Arsenal had been in contact, he replied :
At the moment there are some things.
There are some talks going on but I was just concentrating on national duty and I left that for my agent.
I haven’t talked with him yet and I will know what is going on when I go back home to the club.
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This is not a good time to talk about this because right now I still have a contract with Celtic and I’m still their player.
If anything comes up that is good for me and is good for the club then I’ll move on,he said.
Wanyama turned down a new Celtic contract in October and at the time boss Neil Lennon placed a £25million valuation on the player snapped up from Germinal Beerschot for £900,000 in 2011.
Arsenal have reportedly made contact with Celtic already about bringing the 21-year-old to the Emirates, a move that has been publicly endorsed by Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey and former Gunners star Perry Groves.
The Gunners have been eyeing up a quality defensive midfielder and Wanyama would be a fantastic addition to the midfield, he has all the ability and potential to become a real star. He has the determination and work ethic to hassle down and tirelessly dispossess opponents; all the while committing only a few fouls. He would also increase our aerial threat during set pieces.
He would be the missing link that releases the creative shackles on Santi and Wilshere, allowing them to do what they do best- unlock defences.I think he would offer real protection for the back four also, and a real thrust and drive going forward.
Best of all, at £10M, he’d be signing a player who would make an instant impact, yet still have room for improvement with Wanyama being just 21 years old.
Can he make an impact at Arsenal if we sign him?