Netherlands and Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk has continuously been linked with a move to the Premier League after impressing since joining Celtic from Dutch side Groningen in 2013 for a small fee of £2.6 million.
Van Dijk has been a mainstay in the Celtic backline for the last 18 months, contributing with his fair share of goals too – he’s scored seven goals in the Scottish Premiership since joining the club, helping Celtic win the Scottish Premiership in his first season.
His impressive form has seen scouts from England watch him, and Southampton were known to be keen admirers in the summer. Van Dijk was dropped from a Scottish Cup game against Dundee in August after reportedly “not being the right frame of mind” amid a bid from the Saints.
Although Celtic’s league form was questionable, the recently capped Holland centre-back has seen his stock rise and he’s been a stand out performer at Celtic Park.
Arsenal are now said to be monitoring his situation and are reportedly keen to add him to the heart of their defence, having used fullbacks Mathieu Debuchy and Nacho Monreal as makeshift centre-backs in recent weeks as Arsenal’s defensive injury crisis worsened.
Van Dijk looks certain to leave Celtic in January with such strong interest coming from some of the Premier League’s top sides but he’s not short of options and Arsenal’s lure of Champions League football could be key.
Who will win the race for Virgil Van Dijk? Is he ready to be a star in the Premier League?