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Is Liverpool and Arsenal Target Van der Vaart an £11m Bargain Not to be Missed?

by Christian Bailey

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Real Madrid reject looks to resurrect his career.

Joie Rafael VAN DER VAART

Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has reportedly turned down the opportunity to join Turkish giants Besiktas, as the end of the summer transfer window edges nearer.
The Dutch international has made 32 league appearances – netting five times – since joining the Madridistas last summer.
However, following the expensive acquisitions of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso, Real have been open to offers for Dutch sextuplet Van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Roysten Drenthe. Ruud van Nistelrooy and Klaas-Jan Huntleaar.
Huntelaar has already departed for AC Milan, while Sneijder and Robben have recently agreed deals to join Inter Milan and Bayern Munich respectively.
A move also appears inevitable for 26-year-old Van der Vaart, after he was not handed a squad number ahead of the new season.
Hamburg, Ajax, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with the midfielder, who has been capped 69 times by his country.
And, according to Marca, Istanbul outfit Besiktas are the latest side to express an interest, with the Turks thought to be willing to offer Van der Vaart €5 million-per-season. (Four Four Two)

Without a squad number and seemingly without a future at Real Madrid, the Dutch international has expressed his desire to relocate either back to the Bundesliga, where he was a huge success at Hamburg, or the Premier League has now turned down a money spinning move to the Turkish champions Besiktas.

Clearly Liverpool have financial problems at present and will struggle to come up with the cash to sign the talented midfielder but at the same time having done business with the Spanish giants by selling them Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa, may put them in a decent bargaining position as Real look to trim their spiraling wage bill.

Arsenal should have some money to play with having sold Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor to Man City but they may feel that their excellent start to the season negates the need to make such a high profile move. Some reports state that the Spanish giants may settle for a cut price fee of around £11m for the former Ajax man.

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