In the wake of Celtic’s thrilling 2-1 victory over Barcelona in their midweek Champion’s League clash, former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain, now at Manchester City has served a warning to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United as the archrivals prepare to face off in the quest to sign Celtic starlet Victor Wanyama.
It is understood that City are prepared to match any offer for the 21-year-olds signature – United have been linked with a move for the player, potentially as soon as January, despite Celtic boss Neil Lennon’s assurance that the young Kenyan has a £25 million price-tag attached.
Former United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville even spoke in glowing terms of the midfielder’s display against the Spanish giants, in which he scored the opening goal and was dominant throughout.
"That display has put him right in the shop window and Celtic will do very well to hold on to him," claimed Neville.
United have already made moves in preparation to bring the Celt to Old Trafford – Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother Martin who works as a scout for the club was spotted in the stands on Wednesday night.
Premier League strugglers Queen’s Park Rangers opened the bidding for Wanyama in the summer with an offer worth £10 million, amid increasing interest from Arsenal and Sunderland.
Wanyama, via his agent, has already confirmed publicly that he will not be signing a new deal at Parkhead, exacerbating the race to sign him. Neil Lennon has taken a bold stance on the topic and in light of his recent performances, most notably against Barcelona both home and away, his value has undeniably risen.
He was bought for just £900,00 in 2011 – some profit on a player who has just celebrated his 21st birthday.
He’s made 10 league appearances and scored an impressive 4 goals from midfield this term and shows no signs of slowing down.
His refusal to sign a contract extension effectively says “come and get me” to the highest bidder, which looks set to be either Manchester United or Manchester City.
It appears Victor Wanyama will be playing his football in Manchester next season but, as yet, it’s unknown as to what colour he’ll be wearing.
Red or Blue?
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