Arsene Wenger, as you may well know, is renowned for unearthing talented youngsters from the world over to bring to North London. And the latest such prodigy on that list is Anderlecht’s Romelu Lukaku. Only, this wouldn’t constitute an “unearthing”: Lukaku is one of the most sought-after young players in world football.
You’d think if Arsenal were to put in an offer, there’d be more than a few clubs who’d have something to say about it. Real Madrid and Barcelona, for instance. Lukaku’s agent, however, has recognised a relationship between the two clubs, stating: “An offer from Arsenal? … the interest of the English club is real and we have good relations with them, but there is nothing concrete.” Any move, however, would be unlikely to take place in January, as Lukaku is keen to finish school in Belgium.
Arsenal have also been linked with Maarten Stekelenburg, the Holland and Ajax goalkeeper. Wenger wants (needs, really) to bring in a new goalkeeper in January, and sees Stekelenburg as the ideal candidate. Mark Schwarzer has been heavily linked with the club, but at 38 would only be a stop-gap solution.
Wenger could well face competition from Sir Alex Ferguson, however, who is a long-term admirer of the Dutch keeper. United have goalkeeping problems of their own, with Edwin van der Sar turning 40 at the end of the month, and unlikely to play on after this season.
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