Victor Wanyama was interviewed on Kenyan TV show NTV LIVE last week, and the player refused to comment on speculation with Arsenal, but hinted talks were taking place between Celtic and Arsenal for the players signature.
Wanyama was asked directly whether Arsenal had been in contact, with a smile on his face he replied: “Right now is not a good time to talk about this, but… right now I still have a contract with Celtic, I’m still their player. If anything comes up that’s good for me and the club, I’ll move on” The Kenyan added “talks are going on (with Premier League clubs)”
21 year-old Wanyama has attracted plenty of interest from Europe’s top clubs after putting in a string of top level performances in the Champions League for Celtic this season. With 25 caps at full International level at such a tender age, Wanyama is seen by many as the best talent to come out of Kenya is decades.
Wanyama joined Celtic in 2011 for just £900,000 and the Scottish club will be looking for a fee in excess of £15million to sell their prize asset. Newcastle and Manchester United are thought to be the other Premier League clubs interested in signing the young midfielder.
The Gunners have been linked to plenty of players of a similar ilk to Wanyama in recent weeks, with Maraoune Fellaini, Lars Bender and Stephen N’Zonzi among the names. Wanyama’s ability to play as a centre-back could make him more appealing to Arsene Wenger, a trait that has seem him compared to ex-Arsenal midfielder Alex Song.