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Toby Alderweireld on the verge of sealing Arsenal move

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Toby Alderweireld looks likely to join Arsenal in the coming days, with reports suggesting that the Gunners are on the verge of agreeing a deal for the Atletico Madrid defender.

Such information comes courtesy of unnamed reports cited by The Daily Express, which suggest that Arsene Wenger is eager to bolster his backline with one more new recruit following last month's sale of former captain Thomas Vermaelen.

Vermaelen exit

Vermaelen - an international teammate of Alderweireld's - had evidently become disillusioned with a failure to retain his place in Arsenal's starting XI last season and was subsequently permitted to join Catalan giants Barcelona in a £15 million deal.

Wenger has already moved to strengthen his defence during the current transfer window of course, with versatile ex-Southampton starlet Calum Chambers arriving at the Emirates Stadium along with right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

With the latter obviously considered as an ideal replacement for the departed Bacary Sagna, Chambers has unexpectedly been thrust straight into the first-team reckoning with Laurent Koscielny having struggled with an achilles problem and World Cup winner Per Mertesacker only recently returning to the fold following his exertions in Brazil.

Potential concerns over a lack of consistent cover appears to have forced Wenger back into the market, although he may need to broaden his search to include another striker with Olivier Giroud seemingly set for a lengthy spell out of action after picking up an injury during the latter stages of Saturday evening's entertaining 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.

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Atletico struggles

Alderweireld - who has also been linked with the trio of Southampton, Liverpool and Tottenham - would appear to be a very attainable target for Arsenal.

Having joined Atletico from Ajax on a four-year deal in 2013, the 25-year-old has struggled for consistency at the Vicente Calderon and made only 12 domestic appearances last season as Diego Simeone's side triumphed in La Liga.

Despite his lack of starts at domestic level, however, Alderweireld - who, like Chambers, is comfortable either in the heart of defence or out at right-back and is believed to be valued at around the £10 million mark - was a regular for his country at the 2014 World Cup, making four appearances for the Red Devils against Algeria, Russia, USA and Argentina.

Arsenal could certainly appreciate and benefit from his versatility, although it remains to be seen if he would be capable of providing a serious threat to the established Koscielny-Mertesacker partnership in North London.

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