The Gunners will have to move quickly if they are still interested in the Kenyan’s services, with Arsene Wenger requiring a new defensive midfielder this summer.
The 21-year-old seemed the likeliest target for the Gunners boss with his cheap price tag, young age but decent experience highlighting his potential as a future Arsenal signing.
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. However with just two years left on his current deal, the Scottish giants have no choice but to offload him soon otherwise they risk loosing their star for even less next summer.
While there is not too much substance in the report from the Mail, it does beg the question if Wenger has chosen to look elsewhere to fill the void left by Alex Song last summer.
The Kenya international is a real beast and could be the type of enforcer we need. Arteta did well in the deeper role with Ramsey alongside, however the Gunners midfield needs to be injected with some physicality and presence – something Wanyama can add.
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Marouane Fellaini has also been earmarked as a possible acquisition who can fill the defensive role – while also adding some goal scoring threat. The 25-year-old Belgian international would be the most ideal signing but he comes at over twice the price of Wanyana. He is however worth the money.
Something we all learnt from the successful purchase of Arteta is how smart it is to buy local, established talent. They do not have to adjust to a new style of league or in some cases a different country/language. Arsenal should take advantage of Fellaini’s £23m contract clause and smash our transfer record – they will not live to regret it.
As for Wanyama? If we do not manage to get Fellaini, the Celtic ace would be a decent alternative. Wenger has some serious decisions to make before the transfer window officially opens in just over a weeks time!
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