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Van der Wiel could still move

Highly-rated defender may be free to leave if Suarez stays put

Last Updated: 28/01/11 11:22am

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Van der Wiel: Hot property

Van der Wiel: Hot property

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The agent of Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel admits the future of his client remains unclear.

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The Dutchman is hot property at the moment, with Manchester United, Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all reported to be keen.

A switch away from his homeland is by no means guaranteed, though, with numerous other factors having to be taken into consideration.

With the 22-year-old locked into a long-term contract at Ajax, the Eredivisie giants will ultimately make any final decision.

At present they are reluctant to let him leave, as they are in danger of losing all of their prized assets in the space of one window.

Urby Emanuelson has already joined AC Milan, while Luis Suarez continues to be linked with a switch to Liverpool.


The Reds' pursuit of Suarez could hold the key to any move for Van der Wiel, with his representative admitting that something could be done if the Ajax skipper stays put.

"Anything can happen at the moment." Hakim Slimani told

"I think if one of the clubs want him, he would have to think about it. The main thing is that Ajax will have to make a decision about that.

"But at the moment nothing is concrete, there is no offer on the table. He still has a contract for five years, so it all depends on Ajax and whether they are willing to let him go, and whether Luis Suarez joins Liverpool.

"Then it is up to the player and whether he wants to leave. So you never know, but we will see. But this is all speculation, I have not had any calls."

Meanwhile, as they continue to track Van der Wiel, it is understood that Manchester City are preparing to hijack Chelsea's efforts to land David Luiz.

Carlo Ancelotti has been chasing the Brazilian defender for much of the winter window, but has so far refused to meet Benfica's demands.

That could open the door to City, with money no issue to the club's ambitious owners.

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