Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Arsenal To Offer £3million For Future "World's Best" Keeper?


Arsenal are set to make a £3million offer for Dutch International goalkeeper Piet Velthuizen, with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger keen to bring in the highly-rated Vitesse Arnhem player to the Emirates Stadium in January, according to The Mirror.

22-year-old Velthuizen is highly thought of in Dutch football, with the young keeper also on the radar of Valencia and Serie A Champions Inter Milan. Wenger has been following the progress of Velthuizen since last season, with the keeper’s performances for Vitesse earning him a call up to the senior Dutch squad earlier this year.

Wenger faces the possibility of losing Arsenal’s No2 keeper Lukas Fabianski, who is said to be frustrated at his lack of opportunities in the Premier League for Arsenal and is a target for Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain.

It is now understood that Arsenal are ready to make an offer for Velthuizen and steal a march on the Nerazzurri and Los Che in order to bring the young Dutchman to the Premiership. Velthuizen is seen by Wenger as a keeper that can provide serious competition for Manuel Almunia at the Emirates, with Velthuizen open to the move and laying claim to wanting to be the world’s best.

Velthuizen said: “I don't just want to be a top keeper, I want to be the world's best.”

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