Celtic defender Virgin van Dijk is going nowhere in January, according to the club’s manager Ronny Delia.
This will come as a blow to Arsenal, who had identified Van Dijk as a possible signing during the winter transfer window to improve their defensive options heading into the second half of the season.
The Dutch defender has attracted a series of admirers in recent months, including the north London side.
Arsenal require defensive reinforcements in the winter, having suffered a huge spate of injuries this campaign.
The likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny have both spent extended periods on the sidelines.
Manager Arsene Wenger is therefore expected to line up a move for a defender as part of his January transfers.
The Gunners have a reported budget of around £20 million to spend on new players in the coming transfer window.
Van Dijk was considered to be an option, but when asked, Delia denied this.
“We know that we don’t have to sell anybody,” the Celtic manager said.
“That’s good for me and for the club.
“We want to keep our best players and that is what we are going to do.”