Arsenal told to pay ‘big money’ for defensive star

Celtic want at least £10m for Arsenal target Virgil van Dijk this month.

The Dutch centre-back has been one of Scottish football’s top performers since his 2013 move from home nation side Groningen, which has attracted attention from south of the border.

Many have suggested that Van Dijk has not outgrown the Glasgow giants, which has led to suggestions that the Hoops may be unable to keep him beyond this month, despite manager Ronny Deila’s claims that he will be staying put.

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As well as Arsenal, Everton, Sunderland, Liverpool and Newcastle have all been linked with the 23-year-old, but a source has told Goal that Celtic will not consider offers below £10m, which, at the moment, is putting off suitors:

“Celtic want big money – around £10m they are quoting at the moment – and nobody is biting at that price, and it does not look like anyone will,”

Arsene Wenger is believed to be a big fan of Van Dijk and is known to be targeting a new central defender to bolster his Arsenal squad.

West Ham’s Winston Reid is another option.