United number one target makes transfer admission

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Manchester United goalkeeper target Maarten Stekelenburg has admitted that he could have played his last game for Ajax.

The Dutch international stopper has been confirmed on the Manchester United wanted list in recent months, and the player admits that his time at the Amsterdam Arena could be up.

“You never know. I have possibly played my last game for Ajax. I still have one year left on my contract. If something appealing comes up then I will certainly consider it," he told NOS after breaking his thumb, an injury that is likely to end his Eredivisie season this term.

Rene Meulensteen, Manchester United first team coach, told The Guardian that the 28-year-old is a target for the Red Devils, and potential long term successor to Edwin Van der Sar.

“(Maarten) Stekelenburg is indeed the goalkeeper who is at the top of our wanted list. We have naturally been talking a lot among ourselves about who should replace Van der Sar. Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about Stekelenburg with Edwin and that does not seem strange to me at all,” said the Dutchman.


David De Gea, Manuel Neuer and Pepe Reina are also thought to be potential targets for the Old Trafford outfit, and a move for a goalkeeper is a near certainty come the summer.

It's clear that Manchester United have several options at their disposal, and with money to spend Ferguson will be making a decision sooner rather than later.

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