Arsenal keen on Dutch ace

Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax)Arsenal are plotting a January move for Ajax full-back Ricardo van Rhijn, according to reports from CalcioMercato.

Gunners chief Arsene Wenger is thought to be shopping for a long-term replacement for Bacary Sagna, with the Frenchman’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Van Rhijn has emerged as one of his top targets, with a winter move for his signature being mooted.

The 22-year-old has emerged as one of Dutch football’s top talents in recent times and is valued highly by Ajax.

The youngster has successfully stepped into the Amsterdam’s first-team following the departure of Gregory van der Wiel – who joined Paris Saint-Germain last year despite Premier League interest – and has earned seven international caps since his 2012 debut for Holland.

Ajax have a history of selling their top talents to big European clubs for large fees and van Rhijn is thought to be open to moving to one of the continent’s top leagues.

Arsenal are believed to be ready to offer him just such an opportunity with a serious bid in the New Year.

Sagna’s future is far from clear, with some rumours suggesting he may move back to France next summer with PSG and Monaco interested.

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