Old Trafford keeper search may be about to end?
HOLLAND keeper Maarten Stekelenburg has emerged as Manchester United’s number one choice to succeed Edwin van der Sar.
The Dutch keeper is on United’s wanted list after van der Sar nominated Stekelenburg as his potential replacement.
A United delegation watched his man-of-the-match performance for Holland against Finland last Tuesday.
Van der Sar is in the final year of his playing contract at United, but is expected to remain as a goalkeeping coach.
The Ajax keeper, 27, replaced van der Sar in the national team and was in goal for the World Cup final against Spain.
Stekelenburg has been part of the Dutch senior squad for six years and spent a large part of that as van der Sar’s understudy.
United chief Sir Alex Ferguson has enlisted van der Sar’s help as he searches for his long-term successor. (News of the World)
In many ways a move for Maarten Stekelenburg would appear ideal for Sir Alex Ferguson. The towering Dutchman has a good level of experience and is apparently keen for a new challenge and with Ajax’s reported debt issues they may be compelled to sell a star or two in January or failing that, next summer.
Manchester United will find it hard to fill the void once Edwin van der Sar hangs up his gloves and it appears that Ferguson doesn’t see a long term replacement among his reserves and has been linked with a plethora of keepers in the past few months.
A move for Artur Boruc was touted but the Celtic man ended up at Fiorentina and there was supposed interest also in German and French national keepers Manuel Neuer and Hugo Lloris respectively.
The 27 year old keeper is valued at around £8m and that seems like a fair price to pay for a World Cup runner up who has a safe pair of hands and knows how to command his box.