Premier League clubs alerted by January Ajax exodus

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Arsenal and Liverpool have been alerted to the availability of Ajax’s star players after the Dutch club admitted they may be forced to sell in order to ease their financial woes.

Arsenal have reportedly already made an enquiry about goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg following Fulham’s reluctance to sell Mark Schwarzer, while Liverpool have been linked with defender Gregory Van der Wiel in the past.

The Gunners missed out on the Holland number one during the summer transfer window, but have been tipped to reignite their interest in the 27-year-old in January.

"There was interest in him, yes. But there was no official bid as Stekelenburg didn't want to leave,” said an Ajax insider.

"What will happen in January? Who knows? You can never tell in football."

Despite this alleged interest, the Amsterdam club are understood to be keen to keep hold of their prized assets following their qualification for the Champions League.

However, they find themselves deep in the financial mire and may have to cash-in in order to stay afloat.

De Godenzonen financial director Jeroen Slop lamented their economic plight; laying the blame at the door of former manager Marco van Basten

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

“Oleguer, Dario Cvitanovic, Evander Sno, Rob Wielaert, Miralem Sulejmani, Ismail Aissati. Tell me which was a good purchase.

“Ajax last season recorded a loss of 21 million euros 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."

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