Celtic are a little like Newcastle when it comes to the transfer market, and they like to sign some good young players on the cheap, and then when they improve and their value goes up, they sell them at a big profit.
Virgil van Dijk – 22 year-old Dutch center-back
And the latest top young player Celtic signed last summer was Virgil van Dijk from FC Groningen for a fee of around £2.5M, but they will want a lot more than that if they sell the player this summer, after he had an outstanding first season season in Scotland, and he scored 5 goals in 47 total appearances for the Scottish powerhouse.
The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle are one of a number of clubs chasing the top rated defender, who we were interested in signing when he was playing in Holland,
Southampton are one of those clubs, and are in the lead for the player, and new Dutch manager Ronald Koeman could play a big part in convincing his countryman to sign for the Saints.
It’s not clear how much the 22 year-old would cost, but he’s a top rated player who got some rave reviews last season, and his value could soar if he plays well in the Premier League – so he could be a great investment for Newcastle.
His agent Henk-Maarten Chin recently said his client was headed for the top English League:
“Many English clubs are interested in him – the absolute top clubs. They watch him and are very keen.” “There has been no official approaches for Virgil yet, but that will come. There’s certainly far more interest in him than we could have dreamed of.”
“I expect something will happen for him this summer – the intention would be for him to earn a top transfer.”
That reference to the very top clubs being interested in his player obviously means Newcastle are one of them. 😀
But with other clubs also interested in the young Dutchman it could be difficult for Newcastle to get this defender to Tyneside, but if we do sign him, it would make another excellent signing to go with yesterday’s capture of Siem de Jong from Ajax.
While at FC Groningen the 6’4″ center-back played 66 games with 7 goals, so he can score some goals too, and is a good header of the ball.
He would be a great signing for Newcastle United.