Scottish giants Celtic FC on Saturday night agreed a record-breaking Sh1.4billion fee with Southampton for Kenyan captain Victor Wanyama.
Sunsport confirmed on Saturday that Celtic have officially granted Wanyama, 21, permission to talk to the Premier League side.
The English tabloid quoted Wanyama admitting on Saturday night that he is weighing up the megabucks move — with just personal terms to be thrashed out.
He said: “Yes, my club has agreed terms with Southampton, but I will also have to agree to terms before I consider myself a Saint. The deal is far from being complete.”
Arsenal, Cardiff, Stoke, Galatasaray and Inter Milan are among several clubs also interested in the Hoops’ prized asset.
But Celtic chiefs see no reason why the Saints deal won’t be completed. Wanyama has made no secret of his desire to quit Parkhead having rejected the offer of an improved contract to stay.
SunSport understands Celtic will be stunned if the midfielder stalls on moving to St Mary’s. The huge Wanyama fee will shatter the Scottish record of £9.5m Spartak Moscow paid Celtic for Aiden McGeady in 2010.
It will also represent a massive profit on a young player signed from Belgian minnows Beerschot for just £900,000 two years ago.
Wanyama shot to fame in Celtic’s run to the last 16 of the Champions League, scoring in the 2-1 win over Barcelona.