Arsenal and Inter Milan are leading the race to sign the Celtic’s Kenyan international Victor Wanyama, reports the Sun.
New Inter boss Walter Mazzari, is tasked with rebuilding the squad after a disastrous season in Serie A and is reportedly looking into reuniting Celtic’s £10m rated midfielder with his brother, McDonald Mariga, at the San Siro.
Wanyama’s performances in this season’s Champions League have attracted attention from a host of English clubs as well as Italian giants Inter.
Inter’s interest along with Tottenham and Southampton’s lead to former Arsenal man Perry Groves urging Arsene Wenger to snap up the Kenyan midfielder before anyone else does.
Groves said: “I really like Wanyama - he is destined for big things. He may be young but he plays for a massive club, has lots of experience for a young player, and he fits the Wenger model.”
Groves added: “He (Wanyama) would offer real protection for the back four, and a real thrust and drive going forward.”
Wanyama turned down a contract offer from Celtic in October, leading Neil Lennon to slap a £25 million price tag on him but Wanyama handed Celtic a boost last month by saying he wanted to remain in the east end of Glasgow. The midfielder said: “I’m happy here and I love it here at Celtic so I’ll be here next season.
“I still have a contract with Celtic and I’m happy at the club so I think I’ll still be here.
“We want to do better than this season so if we can get the treble next season, it will be a very good achievement for me.
“That’s my dream for next season. Also, playing in the Champions League again.”
With increased attention falling on Wanyama a bidding war between some of Europe’s top clubs could net Celtic a huge transfer fee, which would be hard for them to turn down.