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Ajax want Wojciech Szczesny to replace Jasper Cillessen

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Ajax have contacted Arsenal to inquire about the possibility of buying Wojciech Szczesny if they lose Jasper Cillessen to Manchester United, according to The Mail.

Szczesny has been told he will be Arsenal's second-choice goalkeeper next season after the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea.

The Poland international is ready to stay and fight for his future in north London, but there is every chance his attitude could change if David Ospina remains at the Emirates beyond this summer.

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Ajax, who have already taken Yaya Sanogo on a season-long loan deal, are ready to offer Szczesny a No.1 jersey, but only if their current first-choice, Cillessen, leaves for Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal sees the Netherlands international as a potential replacement for David de Gea, who is still expected to leave for Real Madrid at some point this summer.

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However, the Red Devils are digging their heels in over the future of De Gea and have told Real Madrid that they will force him to stay unless they agree to pay the £35m asking price.

Transfer merry-go-round

While Manchester United are growing hopeful of keeping De Gea at the club, Ajax are still expecting the Spaniard to leave, meaning Cillessen is likely to depart the Amsterdam Arena as a result.

That has left former Arsenal star, and current Ajax director of football, Marc Overmars, looking for a replacement goalkeeper and Szczesny is seen as a perfect replacement.

Whether De Gea stays or goes may not have an effect on Cillessen's future as Van Gaal is already looking for a new back-up goalkeeper to replace Victor Valdes. Van Gaal confirmed that Valdes is free to leave Old Trafford after failing to adapt to his philosophy.

Selling a youngster

Ajax may have a tough time prising Szczesny away from the Emirates, however, as Arsene Wenger is still of the opinion that the Pole can fulfil his potential.

At 25-years-old, Szczesny still has ten-years at the top and could benefit from the presence of Cech on the Arsenal training ground. The £80,000-a-week star has been at Arsenal since he was 15 and also comes with the added bonus of being a homegrown player.

His remaining potential, coupled with his homegrown status, means Ajax would probably have to pay upwards of £10m to bag him this summer. Ospina, on the other hand, would come for around £5m.

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