Arsenal and Manchester City are ready to go head-to-head in the race for Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, according to reports from The Scotsman.

The Dutch centre-back has been impressive for the Bhoys since joining them from Groningen over the summer, alerting the Premier League giants.

At 22-years-old, the Dutchman’s best years are firmly ahead of him, with City and Arsenal thought to see him as a good potential buy following the way he has adapted to the rigours of British football.

Despite having only cost the £1.6m, Celtic are likely to demand around £10m for the enforcer, with the potential turn-around a quick profit possibly enough to convince them to sell.

Van Dijk’s performances have even led to rumours of an international call-up, which does not surprise his manager Neil Lennon:

“It’s inevitable, if he keeps going and progressing the way he is, that he’ll become a Dutch international,” he said.

“He makes it look easy. People seem to think he has a laid-back attitude, but his work ethic is very high and he’s a kid who wants to get better.”

Van Dijk himself could be tempted to move south of the border this month, with a big transfer having the potential to thrust him into Holland’s World Cup plans.

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