Arsenal and Manchester United target Victor Wanyama has given his Premier League suitors a boost by casting doubt over his long-term future at Celtic.
Both Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson have been credited with an interest in the Kenyan midfielder in the past, so the officials at Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium will have been boosted by the recent comments.
While they are experiencing significantly differing fortunes this season, both Arsenal and Manchester United have been criticised for lacking some midfield steel.
Wanyama has proved he is able to provide exactly that during Celtic’s Champions League campaign, which came to an end on Wednesday night following a 2-0 defeat at Juventus.
Goals from Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella made it a 5-0 aggregate victory for the Serie A champions.
Wanyama was unsure as to whether he would get to experience the journey with Celtic again next year, opening the door to a summer move.
“I always believed we could get this far, even though many other people did not,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Record.
“We have become a better team the longer it has gone and we can be better again next season.
“What I don’t know is whether we will all be together next season. I hope so but no-one knows yet.
“I believe if we stay together we can get better. We just have to wait and see.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will reportedly be handed a sizeable transfer kitty for this summer, which could fund move for Wanyama.
Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson faces the prospect of Paul Scholes’ retirement and has long-term injury worries over midfielder Darren Fletcher.