Arsenal is the latest club to be linked with Ajax pair Maarten Stekelenburg and Jan Vertonghen as they look to bolster their defence.
The Ajax Captain and vice captain respectively have both been heavily linked with a move away from the Netherlands as interest in the two increases.
Wenger is looking for a goalkeeper to solve his long-standing problem between the sticks but he faces a fight against Man United who is looking to replace Van der Sar – an old colleague of Stekelenburg.
Vertonghen is a versatile defender who can play in most positions along the left flank as well as in a defensive midfield role. He is known for joining the attack and has pitched in with three goals in 23 games this season. The left footer was the subject of intense speculation last summer with Arsenal favourites then as they are now. Barcelona and AC Milan are also rumoured to be keeping tabs on the 23 year old Belgian.
The Gunners will no doubt exploit Vertonghen’s relationship with current Arsenal centre back Thomas Vermaelen as the two played at Ajax together and were partners in defence for Belgium before Vertonghen was pushed up into the midfield.
Both would be excellent captures for the North London club; especially Stekelenburg given the lack of a presence in goal. The 28 year old keeper will be the harder target given that the retiring Van der Sar will be pushing both Ferguson and Stekelenburg to ensure he only leaves Ajax for Man United.
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The Netherlands number one has played in all of Ajax’s 24 games so far and has kept 10 clean sheets. The giant is a good commander of the box and an agile shot stopper – something Arsenal has been lacking in recent years.
Whether the reported fee of €20 million is enough for both is pure speculation with Wenger looking likely to lose out to Man United for Stekelenburg if an approach is made. If not, Arsenal may just pull off arguably one of the best double signings the Premier League has seen.
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