Arsenal ‘offered’ Dutch star

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Arsenal have reportedly been offered Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart.

The Dutch playmaker isn’t reportedly in new manager Jose Mourinho’s plans, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is one of the Premier League managers offered his services.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool are also being made aware of the player’s availability, with the galacticos looking to start a summer bidding war for the player.

Van der Vaart rose to prominence at boyhood club Ajax, making over 100 appearances for the Eredivisie side as he built a solid reputation.

German side Hamburg signed the 27-year-old back in 2005, paying €5.5 million for the player’s services.

After three fine seasons in the Bundesliga, Madrid splashed the cash with a €15 million move that brought the Dutchman to the Bernabeu.

A regular immediately after the move, Van der Vaart has gone down the pecking order at Los Blancos over the season, and the ‘special one’ is thought to be interested in cashing in on the player as he looks at potential new signings.

Van der Vaart’s international credentials are unquestioned, with 58 caps since making his debut back in 2001. He’s a key member of the current World Cup squad and has featured in three of their four fixtures thus far.

The Daily Mail reports that Premier League clubs have been targeted, presumably because many have been linked with the player in previous seasons.

An offer involving first team football is thought to be one of the most important factors, and Wenger has an opportunity to move on his known interest of the player.

A summer target at the Emirates as recently as last season, the north London club will be one of the favourites if they decide to make a move after the tournament in South Africa.

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