Neil Cameron in the Journal today reports that Newcastle have been quoted an £8M transfer fee if we want to get 23 year-old Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk to Tyneside, although he only moved last summer from Groningen for £2.6M, and as we said yesterday, it’s just a pity Newcastle didn’t move for him then, after tracking the player for over two years.
What was Joe Kinnear thinking – not much it seems. 😀
Virgil van Dijk – playing against Barcelona last season
So Newcastle must pay over £5M more than we could have signed van Dijk for last summer, and that’s one way to look at it.
But from his top form at Celtic last season, when he was outstanding for the Celtic defense in the Champions League, this lad could be worth more than double £8M in the next couple of years, if he does move to Newcastle and plays (very) well in the Premier League.
There’s also little doubt that Newcastle still need some reinforcements in defense, especially in central defense, and we again witnessed some weak defending against Huddersfield last night, in the 2-2 draw at John Smith’s stadium.
If Celtic are knocked out of the Champions League tonight in their second leg qualifier against Legia Warsaw at home (they lost last week’s first leg 4-1), it seems almost certain the Scottish club will want to cash in on Virgil.
But there are also other clubs after the talented defender, and they include Swansea and Southampton, and the south coast club could be an attraction to the center-back, with fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman the new manager.
Southampton also have plenty of money to spend after selling so many of their top young stars this summer.
Whether we can get van Dijk on board or not could be a measure of Newcastle’s ambitions this summer, and we have already done very well in bringing in seven players, plus those two Nottingham Forest defenders, who should be announced very soon – like today?
But to top off Newcastle’s transfer window this summer, another striker and a top center-back like Virgil would give us a very good squad for next season. and would be the best transfer window we’ve seen for at least 10 years.
We hope Newcastle go after this center-back, and we certainly have the money to get him on Tyneside.
What do you think?
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