The mentor of Celtic’s Victor Wanyama has claimed the midfielder wants to move to Arsenal if the clubs can agree a fee, according to the
Belgian coach Jean-Marie Abeels recommended Wanyama to Germinal Beerschot – and it was from the Belgian club that Celtic signed the Kenya international for less than £1m. Now valued at around £10m, Abeels has revealed he hears regularly from the Wanyama camp that Arsenal is his preferred destination – amid a host of interested parties.
“Victor’s father Noah calls me almost every week and he tells me Arsenal’s interest is big, Abeels said.
“Wenger spoke to Celtic around a month ago and Victor’s father and his mother Mildred says he would prefer to go there before any other club. I will be speaking to his parents again in a week’s time and Victor also. But I already know that Arsenal have a big interest in the player.”
If Abeels is correct then it would spell disappointment for a number of other suitors, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Stoke, Southampton, Newcastle and Fulham, the newspaper adds.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey meanwhile has welcomed news of the Gunners’ interest in Wanyama. He said: “If Arsenal get to sign Victor Wanyama, I will be the first to welcome him.
“I have watched him play for Celtic, I watched him score against Barcelona and I think he is a great player. Whether he will join us is for other people to decide. He is one player I have read many clubs in England are chasing and I have no doubt he has great talent.”
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