Arsenal on alert after talks for World Cup finalist stall

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Dutch club Ajax have revealed negotiations between them and Bayern Munich over Gregory van der Wiel have fallen through, with Arsenal now set to swoop.

Van der Wiel has been linked heavily with both Bayern and Arsenal since the World Cup started, having played alongside Robin van Persie in South Africa.

The German champions had been in pole position for the signature of the right-back and tabled an offer but the Dutch side are thought to want £16 million, a valuation Bayern are unwilling to meet.

A statement from Ajax read: “Ajax and Bayern Munich are no longer in talks about Gregory van der Wiel.”

Van Persie is a big fan of his compatriot and has urged Arsene Wenger to look closely at the 22-year-old.

Arsenal could now open negotiations with Ajax, who also look set to lose manager Martin Jol and striker Luis Suarez to the Premier League as well as goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

Jol has been the subject of intense speculation he may be installed as manager of Fulham soon while Suarez is a target of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

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Robin Van Persie
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