Arsenal & Manchester City eye Celtic ace

Arsenal and Manchester City are set to lock horns in the race for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The Dutch ace has made a huge impact in Glasgow since joining the Hoops from Groningen over the summer, which has caught the attention of the Premier League giants.

Both clubs have been monitoring the 22-year-old closely in recent weeks, and have been impressed by his mature displays in the Scottish top tier.

Van Dijk – a Dutch U-21 international – was snapped up for just £1.6m last year, but Celtic are said to see him as worth at least £10m now.

However, this figure has not deterred City and Arsenal, who are both extremely interested in the cultured centre-back.

Bhoys boss Neil Lennon is aware of interest in his star, and has backed him to graduate to Holland’s senior set-up on the back on the displays he has been turning in in the green and white shirt:

“It’s inevitable (interest in van Dijk’s signature),

“If he keeps going and progressing the way he is, that he’ll become a Dutch international.”

Arsenal and City could make moves before the close of the current window, but end of season swoops appear to be more likely.

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