Everton have been put off Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window, after it was revealed that the Scottish club are not willing to part with their star player for anything less than £10 million, according to the Daily Express.
This could allow Manchester United to swoop for the elegant defender, who the Old Trafford club have been repeatedly linked with a move for.
They are joined by the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United in having an interest in signing him.
Everton’s opposition to the staggering fee can be seen by the fact that they have cancelled discussions with Celtic over signing him.
While this puts the larger clubs in the Premier League in the driving seat to bring him in, there is a belief that no one interested will be willing to front the huge sum that Celtic have requested for an integral player.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has put Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk at the top of his January transfer window shopping list after suffering defensive problems in the first half of the season.
Wenger is exceptionally keen to fix a defence which has been suffering at the hands of a series of injuries and suspensions in the opening four months of the season.
As a result, The Sun is claiming that Wenger is lining up a swoop for Van Dijk in the new year.
Van Dijk has been valued at around £10 million, and Wenger is expected to make a bid of that value for the Dutch defender.
Arsenal are thought to have sent a scout to watch Van Dijk in Celtic’s surprise 2-1 loss to Dundee United on Sunday.
The elegant defender is also believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League, and a switch to Arsenal especially appeals to him.
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.”