Arsenal boosted in race for Dutch international

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Arsenal have been given fresh hope in the race for coveted Ajax defender Gregory Van der Wiel.

The Dutch defender earned rave reviews for his World Cup performances on route to the final in South Africa, emphasising Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's view that the full back would be a good fit at the Emirates.

Van der Wiel has previously hinted about interest in a move to north London, with international team-mate Robin van Persie passing on the good word about life with the Gunners.

"Of course it's nice to read that Arsenal are interested. Van Persie has told me many stories about the Premier League, Arsenal and Mr (Arsene) Wenger. Maybe he can put in a good word for me," said Van der Wiel before the World Cup.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been linked with the 22-year-old right back since the start of the showpiece event, and reports today suggest the Eredivisie giants are prepared to sell their highly-rated youngster.

Calcio News reports that the Godenzonen are willing to let Luis Suarez, Maarten Stekelenburg and Van der Wiel leave the club, with Wenger being linked with a £42 million triple swoop.

Such a move seems highly unlikely given the stringent nature of the Frenchman's spending due to a lack of funds at the Emirates over previous seasons.

That said, Wenger is thought to have money to play with this summer. Van der Wiel is a known target, and the Arsenal boss has admitted that he could use some of that cash to bring more defenders to the club after the departure of Mikael Silvestre and William Gallas.

Sol Campbell is expected to follow, and his departure could lead to Wenger making his move for the highly-rated youngster in the current transfer window.

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