Emirates target could be set for January move.
Ajax have refused to rule out the possibility of Arsenal target Maarten Stekelenburg leaving Holland in January.
Arsene Wenger raised eyebrows during the summer transfer window when he failed to land a goalkeeper despite the uncertainty over Manuel Almunia.
The error-prone Spaniard’s future seemed bleak when Wenger chased Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer but the Arsenal manager failed to secure a deal.
Wenger is a long term admirer of Holland goalkeeper Stekelenburg and at 27, he represents greater long term value than Schwarzer at 37.
talkSPORT exclusively revealed earlier this summer that Wenger was monitoring Stekelenburg, who starred at the World Cup for Holland.
And we also confirmed this week that the goalkeeper was not going to move to the Emirates this summer following Ajax’s qualification for the Champions League.
But sources at the Amsterdam Arena have refused to confirm whether Stekelenburg will be an Ajax player after the winter transfer window.
An insider told talkSPORT: “There was interest in him, yes. But there was no official bid as Stekelenburg didn’t want to leave.
“What will happen in January? Who knows? You can never tell in football.” (TalkSPORT)
It seems that Ajax may well be open to the possibility of allowing their Dutch international keeper to leave the club in January and Arsene Wenger is known to be a fan so putting one and one together it seems eminently possible that the club could turn to the giant Stekelenburg if indeed he is needed when the transfer window re-opens.
Wenger tried to bring in an alternative to Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski but was thwarted by Fulham who didn’t wish to sell Mark Schwarzer. The north London club will have to hope that the Spaniard can continue his relatively solid start to the season as opposed to recreating some of his dodgier moments of last term.