A centre-back would surely be top on the list of transfer priorities for Arsenal. Anyone who has seen the performances of Per Mertesacker would surely be aware that Arsenal need significant strengthening in this position. They looked at a couple of promising defenders in the summer. Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk was one of them, but a concrete offer never came. This looks likely to change in this January transfer window, as rumours are intense that Arsenal could offer around £10 million for the defender.
The 23-year-old played in the Dutch league for two years with Groningen before moving to Celtic in 2013. He has been a regular fixture at the back in Ronny Deila’s team, while he has also been able to secure the odd goal. Arsenal may have to fight off competition from the likes of Everton and Sunderland, who may not be able to match pay packet but will be able to offer more first-team football from the start. Van Dijk is not getting carried away with the transfer rumours. He is aware that the have placed a hefty pricetag on him and that it would take just over £10 million to secure his signature.
This certainly limits the possibility of an immediate move to the Premier League, but Arsenal will have no issues in meeting this transfer requirements if they see van Dijk as the ideal solution to the defensive woes. Wenger reportedly has a massive transfer budget of more than £70 million due to some impressive financial results in recent years. Wenger has seen his team concede more than a goal per game on an average this season. Even though they remain only one point off the top four, such a poor defensive record is unlikely to help their chances of finishing in Champions League qualification spots.