Toby Alderwiereld seems to be in high demand.
The Atletico Madrid defender is a target for Arsenal, but the Gunners will face competition from Sevilla, and fellow Premier League side Sunderland for his signature.
Wenger in pole position
Arsenal are believed to be frontrunners for his signature, having been linked with the centre-back since the departure of Thomas Vermaelan.
Having lost the Belgian to Barcelona in an £8 million deal, Arsene Wenger turned his attentions to his international team-mate Alderwiereld as more experienced alternative to Calum Chambers.
The defender is certainly open to a move away, after sitting on the bench for the majority of the season.
The 25-year-old centre-back has been unable to dislodge the defensive pairing of Diego Godin and Miranda, making only 12 league appearances during his time in Madrid.
Alderweireld’s agent and father Viv has been pushing for a move in a bid to get his son more playing time, stating that a temporary switch could do Toby some good:
"We have since last year been in several discussions about moving and Atletico understand that we do not think it makes sense to let Toby another year on the bench," Viv was quoted by FourFourTwo.
"He wants to play. If there is a solution, Atletico will not stop Toby.
"A loan move would be the best option, so we can revisit the situation next year.
Atletico have young Uruguayan defender José Giménez coming through the ranks and have experimented with Emaliano Insua at centre-back throughout preseason. So in theory, Alderweireld’s departure would not leave a massive hole in Atleti’s defence.
A temporary switch may be preferable for both player and club, with the Belgian only joining last season, signing a five-year deal, meaning Sunderland could bypass Arsenal.
According to the Daily Mail, Gus Poyet is looking into the possibility of making a loan move for the defender.
Sevilla are reportedly also interested in signing the Belgian international. However their attempts to sign Alderwiereld hinge on whether Federico Fazio’s proposed move to Tottenham is complete.
The London club have announced they have already signed the player, after meeting the £8 million release clause and agreeing personal terms. However Sevilla president José Castro insists the 27-year-old is still a Sevilla player, and that the club is yet to receive a penny of his transfer fee:
"As of today Fazio is [still] a Sevilla player, because he still has a contract with Sevilla which has not been rescinded, Castro told Marca.com. The money has been deposited, but not in the club’s coffers."
"I do not know what he is doing in England being presented, that is what I cannot understand, but for that we have a legal team who will study what they must do. It is not a satisfactory or desired departure. Tottenham have paid his clause, but he only goes when his contract has been rescinded."
Sevilla will need a replacement if the deal goes through and another La Liga club would be the perfect place for Alderweireld to capture the attention of manager Diego Simeone if the deal is temporary and a real coup if permanent. But without the cash from the Fazio sale, Sevilla can do very little at the moment.
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