According to the Daily Mail, the race is heating up for the signature of Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. Both Manchester United and Arsenal are leading the chase to sign the Kenyan who joined Celtic for £900,000 in 2011.
The 21-year-old has been a strong presence in the Celtic squad since arriving in Glasgow. Wanyama is renowned for his calm demeanour and exquisite passing on the ball as well as his tough tackling off it. Both the Gunners and the Red Devils are looking to sign the youngster to held secure their midfield for the upcoming season.
With Alex Song rumoured as a target for Barcelona, Arsenal may pursue Wanyama with intensity. The North London side are expected to announce the signings of Nuri Sahin and Santi Carzola any day now, whilst they are also on the lookout for someone to replace captain van Persie should the Dutchman decide to leave.
With their attacking options replenished through these signings plus the arrival of Giroud and Podolski, Wanayama could be next on the Gunner’s list as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster a defence that conceded 49 goals in the last campaign. The Kenyan’s versatility will certainly be attractive to Wenger as he looks to reduce this amount – Wanyama can also play as a central defender as well as the defensive midfield role.
That being said, I still think United is the better destination for Wanayama. Sir Alex Ferguson outlined his desire to revamp his entire midfield this summer and he certainly wasn’t kidding. With Tom Cleverly expected to take a more pivotal role this season, United have added to their squad with Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell providing more attacking power in the middle.
Sir Alex would surely love to have Wanyama as the lynchpin of his midfield, providing that first line of defence whilst helping distribute the ball to Young and Valencia on the wing or Kagawa and Rooney up the middle.
In addition, Arsenal may struggle to fit Wanyama into this side. Although Wenger has a propensity to give youth a chance in his first team, Alex Song is still with the Gunners along with Abou Diaby – both would certainly be contenders for the starting role over the Celtic player. Furthermore, Arsenal also have a young talented defensive midfielder in Emmanuel Frimpong who impressed on multiple occasions last season.
In contrast, United desperately need to revamp a midfield that has taken a hit in the last couple of years. The age of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs combined with Darren Fletcher’s illness has left Sir Alex without any younger holding midfield players in his side.
Wanyama would have the chance to learn the intricacies of the United midfield through Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes with a greater opportunity of taking the starting role in the future. At Arsenal, the competition may be too much for a youngster who simply needs Premier League game time.
Sir Alex Ferguson will have been looking for a replacement for Paul Scholes who can anchor the United midfield for some time. Perhaps Victor Wanyama, the Kenyan international, Celtic midfielder, could be that man.
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