Celtic are understandably keen to hold on to their Kenyan midfield star Victor Wanyama, but they face a tough task fighting off interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. The 21-year old, whose best position is as a central defensive midfielder, was catapulted on to the world stage with two outstanding performances against Barcelona in the Champions league.
Celtic were unlucky to come away from the Nou Camp with nothing after Barcelona came from behind and scored a winner with almost the last kick of the game. Wanyama was even better at Celtic Park, effectively stopping Barcelona’s one touch midfielders and scoring the opening goal. That is why Neil Lennon has suggested that his value has increased from the million they paid for him last summer to around £20 million now.
Wanyama is under contract with the Scottish champions until 2015, but has recently declined a new contract and is expected to move on at some point. His strength, versatility and calmness on the ball make him ideal for Premier league football, and it is just a matter of time before he moves South, according to former Celtic player Craig Burley.
How soon that could happen may depend on the next two European games for Celtic. If they can beat the odds and progress to the next round, then Lennon will dig his heels in and should be able to keep him until the summer. If everything goes against them and they go out of Europe altogether, they could sell him in January.
Wenger has been looking for a quality player in that position for a while, and Wanyama could tick all the boxes, but Arsenal may have to battle Manchester United for his signature. We know that Arsenal have enough money, but would they be willing to get into a bidding war?