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Edwin van der Sar sees Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg as the man to succeed him at Manchester United.

Ajax were stunned last Friday when Stekelenburg rejected the chance to become their highest paid player when he turned down a new four year contract worth £60,000 a-week. His current deal has one year to run.

The growing belief in Holland is that Stekelenburg, 28, will wait for the chance to join United and will be allowed to move for around £6 million this summer, says the Sunday Mirror.

That makes him better value for money that United’s two other goalkeeping targets – David de Gea of Atletico Madrid and Schalke’s Manuel Neuer.

Stekelenburg does not want to fall out with the Ajax hierarchy now. Rob Jansen, his agent, said: “It is clear Maarten is now focusing on a bigger league and a bigger club. He is ready for a big move.

“He will have one more meeting with Ajax and listen to what they want to offer him. He has always been happy at Ajax and that means a lot to him. But it is clear that bigger clubs are on the horizon.’’

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