Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has emerged as a surprise target for Arsenal and Manchester United.
The Premier League rivals are both understood to be in the market for goalkeeping reinforcements and, according to tribalfootball, they are set to slug it out for the £10 million-rated Club America no.1.
Ochoa and initially been linked with Manchester United by The Telegraph, but Arsenal are now thought to have entered the race for the 25-year-old as they step up their pursuit of a new gloveman.
Arsene Wenger has been linked with moves for an array of stoppers as he looks to find a more reliable alternative to current Arsenal 'keepers Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia.
Fabianski has gathered some admirers after a recent run in the Arsenal first team, but the Arsenal boss is thought to harbour some doubts regarding the consistency of the young Pole, so the Gunners are understood to still be monitoring a number of potential targets.
But, should Arsenal launch a January move for Ochoa, they will reportedly have to battle for his signature with Manchester United who continue to search for a replacement for current Old Trafford no.1 Edwin Van der Sar.
The Dutchman is expected to retire at the end of the season and - despite Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson already bringing Danish goalie Anders Lindegaard to Old Trafford - he admits he may add another to his ranks.
“We haven’t finalised our thoughts on the goalkeeping situation," the Old Trafford supremo said after the signing of Lindegaard.
“Edwin has massive experience and you can’t buy that, so it’s a difficult one because he has been a great goalkeeper and will be hard to replace.”
Ochoa - a former nominee for World Footballer of the Year by France Football - has been linked with a switch to Manchester Unite previously and could prove to be a worthy successor to Van der Sar at Old Trafford.
"There have been people scouting me and I have been approached and have had talks," Ochoa said at the time.
"They [Manchester United] are a great team and it is possible something will be done."
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