Arsenal linked with surprise goalkeeper swoop for January transfer window.
Arsenal are keeping a careful eye on the situation of AS Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, according to Italian source Calcio Mercato.
Despite being the club’s first choice goalkeeper, the 30 year-old Dutchman seems set on leaving Stadio Olimpico – and had his agent discuss just that in talks with Roma general manager Franco Baldini.
Whilst it was initially thought that Fulham was the only interested Premier League club, where he would meet up with former Ajax boss Martin Jol, Arsenal have now been revealed as another party to be following the situation.
The Netherlands international was heavily linked with Arsenal in recent transfer window, particularly after the 2010 World Cup, and is still young enough to have five years or so at the highest level.
Roma paid approximately €6m for Stekelenburg, but according to Calcio Mercato, he could now be allowed to leave the Italian capital side for as little as €3 million (approximately £2.5m).
Though Stekelenburg has his weaknesses, such a low fee for an established international player with experience of playing in a World Cup final seems remarkable value.
Given Wojciech Szczesny’s lack of consistency over the course of his Arsenal career, Arsene Wenger would be foolhardy not to contemplate additional competition in the Gunners’ net.
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