Ajax keeper is United target

Meulensteen reveals Stekelenburg could replace Van der Sar

Stekelenburg: United target

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Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has emerged as the No.1 target to replace compatriot Edwin van der Sar at Manchester United.

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Dutch veteran Van der Sar has confirmed he is retiring at the end of the season and United are expected to bring in a new keeper in the summer.

A string of names have been linked with the Premier League leaders, including Schalke's Manuel Neuer and Atletico Madrid's highly-rated young shot-stopper David De Gea.

However, Van der Sar's fellow Dutchman, and current first choice for the national team, Stekelenburg appears to be the favourite to arrive.

United coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed that Stekelenburg is currently at the top of the club's shopping list and that Ferguson has discussed the 28-year-old with Van der Sar.

"Stekelenburg is indeed the goalkeeper who is at the top of our wanted list," said Meulensteen to Voetbal International.

"We have naturally been talking a lot among ourselves about who should replace Van der Sar.

"Alex Ferguson has spoken about Stekelenburg with Edwin and that does not seem strange to me at all."