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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