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Maarten Stekelenburg is just one of many goalkeepers who have been linked to Manchester United and Arsenal this season, with Ferguson still looking for his Edwin van der sar replacement, and Wenger apparently keen to find a strong, solid, experienced ‘…
Maarten Stekelenburg is just one of many goalkeepers who have been linked to Manchester United and Arsenal this season, with Ferguson still looking for his Edwin van der sar replacement, and Wenger apparently keen to find a strong, solid, experienced ‘keeper for Arsenal. Ron Jansen, the Ajax player’ agent however confirmed that there have been no bids for his client.
“There’s nothing going on at the moment.
“There hasn’t been any contact with Italian teams or with other foreign teams. With no team at all. Whether he prefers to move to a foreign league? I can’t confirm anything at the moment.”
“There’s still the possibility that he’ll sign a contract extension with Ajax, too.”
David De Gea is still a possibility for United, though a transfer fee for the young Atheltico prospect would be significantly larger than that of Stekelenburg, which is perhaps why Arsenal are linked so prominently with the 28 year-old.
It seems far more likely that Stekelenburg will leave for Arsenal than to United, as the player has already effectively admitted that if Arsenal make a move, he will leave Ajax for them:
“If Arsenal make an offer, I will leave Holland.”
Much depends on Arsene Wenger’s eagerness to pay money for a new goalkeeper, and with various other sides such as Juventus circling Stekelenburg, there will be fierce competition come the summer. If the Dutchman dies decide to leave for Arsenal, it leaves United still hunting for a goalkeeper. Manuel Neuer is off the list, with him apparently adamant about joining Bayern Munich, while David De Gea is still very much undecided about his future, as he is reluctant to leave his boyhood club as he is settled nicely in Madrid.
De Gea has been told to “renew or leave” Athletico, and, as was reported on DBSFootball in April, United’s back-up plan to De Gea is the Sporting Lisbon 23 year-old goalkeeper, Rui Patricio who has been watched by United’s goalkeeping coach, Eric Steele.
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