Gunners defender target could still make £9m United move

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Arsenal defender target Gregory van der Wiel could yet make a January move to Manchester United.

The 22-year-old Dutch international was heavily linked with a move away from the Amsterdam Arena in the summer, with Arsenal thought to be leading the chase to sign the player.

Manchester United are thought to have joined the race, and Sir Alex Ferguson's side have emerged as favourites to bring the player to the Barclays Premier League.

The Red Devils would have to pay in the region of £9 million to bring the player to Old Trafford, according to The Metro, and Manchester United would see the player as strong competition for Rafael Da Silva.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the player, who has played over 100 times for the Godenzonen in his four years as a senior at the club.

However, the Gunners' interest appears to have gone quiet and it's United who are most likely to land the player.

According to reports, a potential Van der Wiel exit hinges on Liverpool's move for Luis Suarez. If the Reds fail to complete a deal for the Uruguayan international, the Dutchman could leave to ease the minor financial difficulties at the club, again according to The Metro.


"Anything can happen at the moment," said agent Hakin Slimani.

"I think if one of the clubs want him, he would have to think about it. The main thing is that Ajax will have to make a decision about that."

It is thought that Manchester United could face competition from Chelsea in the race to sign the player, although the Blues are known to be chasing Benfica defender David Luiz as a first choice.

It's unknown if Arsenal will challenge for the player, given the relatively cheap valuation.

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