Arsenal make contact for £25m midfield star

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Arsenal are reported to have made contact over the proposed acquisition of Victor Wanyama in the summer transfer window, and the Celtic midfielder has outlined the Emirates Stadium as his favoured destination.

Wanyama has flourished during his two seasons in Glasgow, and a number of fine performances domestically and in Europe last term led Celtic manager Neil Lennon to place a £25 million price tag on the Kenya international.

The 21-year-old's impressive displays for the SPL champions have led to links with a number of English clubs, with Arsenal the most notable side credited with interest in recruiting him this summer.

Arsene Wenger was urged last week by former Arsenal star Perry Groves to bring Wanyama to north London before the transfer deadline in August, and the Gunners boss is reported to have already made initial enquiries about the player's availability.

Wenger, according to Wanyama's former coach in Nairobi, has been in touch with Celtic regarding the player, who has his heart set on joining Arsenal.

"Victor’s father Noah calls me almost every week and he tells me Arsenal’s interest is big," Jean-Marie Abeels told Sportsmail.

"Wenger spoke to Celtic around a month ago and Victor’s father and his mother Mildred says he would prefer to go there before any other club.

"I will be speaking to his parents again in a week’s time and Victor also. But I already know that Arsenal have a big interest in the player.

"Everything can change in a minute. It takes just one phonecall."

Abeels, however, has warned Wanyama about joining Arsenal at this early point of his professional career, and has pleaded with the Kenyan to seek a transfer to club of lesser stature than the Gunners prior to an eventual move to an elite side.

"It’s all a bit of a show at the moment. It’s all a game. It’s all about money," he added.

"But Victor wants to go to a club where he will play.

"He is still young and I have told him he needs to be careful about when he takes the really big step.

"I think myself that it’s better that he has a step in between before going to the really big level."

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