Gunners boosted in chase for Dutch star

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Arsenal target Gregory Van der Wiel could leave Ajax this summer as the club confirmed some of their top players could leave the club.

The Dutch defender has been linked with a string of clubs during the current transfer window, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger one of the managers tracking the right back.

A 22-year-old product of the famed Ajax academy, Van der Wiel made his debut for the Dutch giants in 2006 and has gone on to make 94 appearances for the club. A star for the Dutch during their World Cup run in South Africa, the defender has 15 caps to his name already.

Ajax had previously seemed unwilling to deal with any of Europe's elite over potential transfers, but Financial Director Jeroen Slop has admitted that players like Van der Wiel, Luis Suarez and Maarten Steklenburg might have to be sold to balance the books at the Amsterdam Arena.

"Because of the €35 million van Basten could spend, as it turned out unprofitable new players, Ajax end up in the red," said Slop.

"Ajax last season recorded a loss of €21 million because of missing out on the group stage of the Champions League achievement. We cannot afford the same loss rate and will be forced to sell, and top players are not excluded."

Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United are also thought to be keen on the player, but Van der Wiel's previous admission that a move to the Emirates to join Arsene Wenger would be favourable could encourage the Gunners to make a move for the highly-rated full back.

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