Arsenal given incentive to land Dutch international

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Arsenal are being linked with a buy-then-sell deal involving Gregory van der Wiel and Bacary Sagna.

The Ajax defender has been linked with the Gunners for several months, and now Juventus have entered the transfer conundrum with a potential move for Sagna should Arsenal sign the Dutch international.

Van der Wiel is regarded as one of the best young defenders in european football, building his reputation in the Eredivisie after making his debut back in 2007.

He earned Dutch U21 honours in the same year, and has gone on to make eight senior appearances for his country thus far after making his debut against Tunisia in February 2009. A regular starter since then, Van der Wiel is expected to feature heavily for Holland at the World Cup in South Africa this year.

In December 2009, when word of a possible transfer to the Emirates was being touted, Van der Wiel told Dutch paper De Telegraaf: "Of course it’s nice to read that Arsenal are interested. I consider myself a good fit for the Premier League.

"Robin van Persie has told me many good stories about the Premier League, Arsenal and Mr Wenger, maybe he can put in a good word for me."

More recently, Van der Wiel was keen to play down the speculation and focus on his football ahead of the 2010 showpiece.

"I'm not thinking about a transfer at the moment. I just want to focus on the exciting end of the Eredivisie season and then play a good World Cup," the defender told NL.

"You never know what will happen in football."

The Sagna saga adds another element to this possible transfer. The French international has been linked with a handful of Italian and Spanish clubs, with Barcelona and AC Milan just two clubs believed to have shown an interest.

However, the Daily Mail reports that Juventus are now interested in the full back, and will make their move should the north London club secure the services of Van der Wiel.

Frenchman Wenger is notoriously careful with his cash, and the possibility of recouping some money immediately after buying an international defender is expected to be seen as an advantage by the former Grampus Eight boss.

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