United's 'top target' 'will leave' for Arsenal

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Manchester United target Maarten Stekelenburg has said he will join Arsenal this summer, if Ajax receive a bid for the goalkeeper.

The Dutch international has been highly coveted since his outstanding displays in last year's World Cup for a Holland side that reached the final in South Africa.

However, after being strongly linked with United, who claimed the 28-year-old was their No.1 goalkeeping target this summer, the Dutchman has said he will leave Ajax if a bid is received, but his only destination with the Gunners,

“If an offer from Arsenal arrives, I will leave,” he said.


The announcement will come as a blow to United, who are still searching for a replacement for the retiring Edwin Van Der Sar, but as a boast to Arsenal, whose goalkeeping problems have undermined their bid for a unique quadruple.

Lukasz Fabianski's error led to Birmingham City claiming the Carling Cup, and while the Pole picked up a finger injury that led to his season being cut short, his replacement Manuel Almunia continued Arsenal's error strewn season with a costly error against West Bromwich Albion.

United meanwhile will have to turn their attention to Athletico Madrid's Spainish keeper David De Gea or German Manuel Neuer, both of whom have been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to make a new goalkeeper, with Van Der Sar set to leave United, his top priority.

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