According to a snippet in Dutch publication AD.nl, Arsenal have spoken to Ajax about the possibility of signing centre-back Toby Alderweireld.
The 24-year-old, who is a fixture in the Belgian national team, joined the Dutch side’s Academy in 2004 before enjoying his breakthrough in 2009 when he inherited Thomas Vermaelen’s place following his compatriot’s move to London.
Despite wanting to retain the player, who has only one-year left on his contract, director of footballer Marc Overmars is apparently willing to do business should an offer in excess of €7.5 million be tabled.
Speaking at the weekend, the ex-Gunner revealed that he’d already rejected an offer from Atletico Madrid:
“We have rejected the offer from Atletico Madrid for Toby Alderweireld.
“We were contacted this weekend but it was not considered sufficient for a player of the national team of Belgium.”
As well as Atletico, Spartak Moscow are believed to be weighing up a bid while the player himself has already turned down Norwich City.
It’s a link with a defender, which is at least positive, although whether it’s got legs* or not is anyone’s guess right now. Either way, we won’t have to wait long what with only six and a half days left of the transfer window. Tick, tock Arsene, tick, tock….
*the link, not the player…we’ve enough squad members without functioning limbs.