Fergie & Wenger set for transfer fight as confirmed United target tops Arsenal wishlist

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Arsenal have joined the race to sign keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, according to UK.

Manchester United confirmed that they are interested in the stopper as recently as the start of the month, and are targeting the Dutch international as a long term replacement for Edwin Van der Sar.

"Stekelenburg is indeed the goalkeeper who is at the top of our wanted list," said Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen.

Arsene Wenger's interest in the player is more recent, although Arsenal have been in the market for a keeper for sometime now despite failing to bring a new No.1 to the Emirates in the summer and January.

The player himself has revealed that he would be interested in leaving Ajax, providing a top club makes an offer for his services. Both Arsenal and United would both fit that bracket.

"I don't necessarily have to leave Ajax this summer. However, I'm willing to think about it if a good club comes up at the end of the season," Stekelenburg told the Echo.

"I've heard a lot of crazy stories in the past few months. That's obviously nice to hear, because it's a sign that you're apparently doing a good job. However, I haven't been in touch with any clubs yet.

"All I can do is prove my worth on the pitch and that's what I'm doing this term. We'll just have to wait and see whether anything interesting comes up."


The 28-year-old stopper has been impressive in the Eredivisie, building his reputation at the Amsterdam Arena since making his debut back in 2001.

Despite the progress of Wojciech Szczesny at the Emirates, it's thought that the Gunners are keen to add a player with experience to ranks at Arsenal.

Manchester United are unlikely to give up on the player without a fight though, and a summer bidding war could start between the Old Trafford outfit and Arsenal.

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