Reports today of Chelsea's £26million bid for highly rated Everton and England International defender John Stones may be saddening news for Celtic fans worldwide.
Chelsea's Stones interest
Jose Mourinho is still keen to add some defensive reinforcements to his squad ahead of the new season, and supposedly sees the young and talented Stones as just the right fit.
The Special One's pursuit of the Englishman, may well create a chain reaction that has been seen in many a transfer window. Unfortunately for the Bhoys legions of supporters, this summer it involves their beloved team.
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Van Djik Interest
If indeed Chelsea's offer is accepted, it would leave Everton with a eye watering cushion in their budget; and a gap to fill in their defence. With this in mind, one could be forgiven for thinking that top of Roberto Martinez's hit-list would be the classy Celtic centre-half and coveted asset, Virgil Van Djik.
For quite sometime now, Van Djik has been linked to numerous Premier League club's, and has made no secret of his desire to one day play in England.
As recently as last month, the defender was speaking to a radio staion in his homeland and spoke of his desire to 'further his career'.
"I want to develop. If the opportunity is there, I will definitely consider a transfer. But maybe there will be nothing", he said.
Celtic could do business
Although Celtic do not need to sell the Dutchman, it is likely that his price will drop considerably after this summer's transfer window closes.
This, combined with his burning ambition to play in a more competitive league, and Everton having the finance to meet the club's asking price, could all be crucial factors in deciding where Van Djik plays his football next season.
By the looks of it, it may very well be Goodison Park.
Celtic fans, do you think you might lose Van Djik if Chelsea can get their hands on Everton's Stones? Let us know in the comments box below.
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