After weeks of being connected with a move for West Ham’s Mohamed Diame, it looks as if Arsene Wenger is now prepared to turn his attention to the Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama.
The Scottish club reportedly turned down a £10 million pound bid from QPR earlier this season for the powerful Kenyan, but now manager Neil Lennon may be faced with a much bigger bid from Arsenal. After high class performances in the Champions League that saw his price soar in value, Wanyama is now said to be worth a massive £25 million.
However big his price tag, the 21-year-old would be a great addition to the Arsenal team. While Abou Diaby’s return from injury has gone a long way in strengthening the team’s stability in a crucial area of the pitch, he is terribly prone to injury and made only his seventh league appearance of the season against Chelsea at the weekend. So, it is a logical move for Wenger to acquire another defensive midfielder and Wanyama would offer physicality to a team which requires protection.
Wanyama’s price tag may put Arsenal off however. Never a club to engage in outrageous spending, £25 million seems to be a little steep whose worth has risen after a few outstanding performances in the Champions League. The spotlight was firmly focused on him after his display against Barcelona when he scored a crucial goal, but there could be fears whether the powerhouse midfielder would adjust agreeably to the Premier League following a move from the Scottish Premier League.
Nonetheless, Wenger will be keen to sign a midfielder to fill the hole that Alex Song left when he departed during the summer, and with Francis Coquelin looking a little light weight to do the job, it may be necessary to battle for the signing of Wanyama, who is still only 21 years old. Arsenal will have company in trying to purchase the Celtic player, with Manchester United and Fulham also alleged to be interested in his acquisition. Whether or not Arsenal are willing to spend the suggested £25 million might well be the defining factor on where Victor Wanyama ends up.