Schalke reveal interest in Ajax's Maarten Stekelenburg

The German outfit are looking for a new goalkeeper and have reportedly set their sights on the Netherlands international
Maarten Stekelenburg could be on his way out of Eredivisie giants Ajax this summer as Bundesliga outfit Schalke have expressed an interest in signing the Netherlands international.

The German giants are in the market for a new goalkeeper because of the expected departure of current first choice Manuel Neuer and see Stekelenburg as an ideal replacement.

"Stekelenburg is the shot-stopper of Netherlands' national team for a good reason, and his contract with Ajax runs [for] only one more season," stated sporting director Horst Heldt to WAZ.

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The 28-year-old is a product of the Ajax youth academy and has made close to 200 official appearances for the Amsterdam side so far.

Current coach Frank de Boer recently stated that he expects the glovesman to move to a bigger club this summer, but no official offer has been received as yet.

Schalke face stiff competition in the race for Stekelenburg's services as clubs such as Manchester United and AC Milan are also believed to be keeping tabs on him.

Additionally, Tottenham are pondering a swoop for the Dutchman, as Goal.com exclusively revealed earlier this week.