New developments in Arsenal, United stopper chase

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Arsenal and Manchester United have been joined by Juventus in the race to sign Dutch stopper Maarten Stekelenburg.

The Ajax goalkeeper hinted last week that his time in Holland could be up after suffering a finger injury for the Godenzonen, with a host of clubs across Europe thought to be monitoring the player's progress.

Manchester United confirmed their interest last month, and are known to be in the market for a goalkeeper with current No.1 Edwin Van der Sar set to retire at the end of the season.

“(Maarten) Stekelenburg is indeed the goalkeeper who is at the top of our wanted list. We have naturally been talking a lot among ourselves about who should replace Van der Sar. 

"Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about Stekelenburg with Edwin and that does not seem strange to me at all,” Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen told The Guardian at the time.

Arsenal have also been heavily linked as their search for a new keeper continues, and the Eredivisie star admitted that an offer from the Emirate outfit would be appealing only a couple of days ago.

“If an offer from Arsenal arrives, I will leave," Italian newspaper Tuttosport quote the player as saying.

However, agent Rob Jansen has confirmed that Italian side Juventus have joined the race for the 28-year-old, with an Amsterdam Arena exit looking ever more likely for the player.


“We are looking for an important European club for next season. Juventus are a serious candidate, but at the moment there has been no contact with the club," Rob Jansen told

"We are looking at Serie A or the Premier League.”

Manchester United are also thought to be interested in Atletico Madrid keeper David De Gea, with reports over the weekend even claiming the Red Devils had tied up a deal for the player. The Old Trafford outfit have not confirmed the rumours, and the club are still thought to be looking at their options.

The Gunners have also been linked with a string of stoppers, with Manuel Neuer and Pepe Reina also thought to be on the Arsenal shortlist.

With both clubs looking at the position and Stekelenburg available in the market, a transfer tussle could ensue for the player's signature.

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