Ajax hope to command high transfer fee for Premier League target

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Ajax are desperate to commit young defender Joel Veltman to a new contract in order to command a significant transfer fee should the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United come calling.

Veltman is under contract until 2017 but, according to De Telegraaf, Ajax want to extend this deal - perhaps adding in a release clause - to place them in position of greater power should any club make a formal approach.

The 22-year-old is highly-regarded indeed at the Amsterdam Arena with former Arsenal winger and Ajax coach Marc Overmars describing Veltman as a ‘sensation’ for his performances in the Eredivisie this season.

Overmars’ former club have been linked with a move for Veltman and the strong Arsenal connections at Ajax, with Dennis Bergkamp also on the coaching staff, could provide Arsene Wenger with something of an advantage over his rivals.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are likely to be in the market for another centre-back come the summer transfer window given that captain Nemanja Vidic will leave Old Trafford at the end of he season.

But it remains to be seen if David Moyes, Wenger or their Premier League rivals will make an offer for Veltman given that his transfer fee could rise by a significant amount should he sign a new contract.

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