Transfer Rumour: Dutch Goalkeeper Offered To Arsenal by AH
According to reports from several European countries, Arsenal have been offered Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. The former Ajax man has also been offered to London rivals Fulham FC who have also expressed an interest. The current AS Roma keeper has reportedly undergone a rift with the management staff at the Italian club and he has now been told he can go for a cut price of £3.5 million.
London based newspaper ‘The Metro’ reports;
‘According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Stekelenburg has been offered to both Arsenal and Fulham for a cut-price £3.5million, and a deal could be done in the next few days.’
It’s no lie that Arsene Wenger has been on the lookout for another goalkeeper with the likelihood that we will see both Fabianski and Mannone leave in either January or the summer, so we will need to buy a goalkeeper as there is no way Damien Martinez is quite ready for the backup space. There have been a number of goalkeepers linked, most of whom have been obvious understudies to current number 1 Wojiech Szczesny, however there has been the odd link that Wenger might be on the lookout for a challenger to the Polish International and 30 year old Stekelenburg may just be the answer to that.
Pepe Reina has also been linked but there is no way he would join mid season and at an estimated £10 million, I think that’s way over Arsenal’s budget for a keeper and so I think we can rule out the Spaniard. However Stekelenburg does seem to fit the bill. He’s an experienced goalkeeper, who has a strong winning mentality and has been an ever present physical presence in goal. At 30 years old he still has a few years in him at the top level and he could provide not only valuable advice, experience and competitiveness for Szczesny but he is also cheap which I’m sure will be high up on Wenger’s list.
I suppose if there is genuine interest there, than this seems like a very good deal in my opinion and the only thing that could seem to hold any possible deal up is the wages.