Arsenal are interested in signing Atletico Madrid outcast Toby Alderweirald and the club is ready to offer 6 million pounds for the signature of the player.
Arsenal are in the market for a replacement of Thomas Vermaelen and they are willing to match the asking price of Atletico Madrid of 6 million pounds for the Belgiam international. Per Mertesacker and Koscielny are the only experienced central defenders available at the disposal of Arsene Wenger at the moment and the Frenchman has already confirmed that he is going to sign few more players in this transfer window.
Reports coming from England have confirmed the interest of Arsenal in Alderweirald. The Daily Star report claims that: “After selling one Belgian Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to replace him with another. He is showing serious interest in Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld – as replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, recently sold to Barcelona.”
Toby Alderweirald moved to Atletico Madrid from Ajax last summer but he failed to get a regular playing time at Vicente Calderon as Miranda and Diego Godin is the preferred pairing of Diego Simeone. Alderweirald is unlikely to get any playing time in new season also as he is still behind the experienced duo in pecking order for coach Simeone.
Meanwhile, Alderweirald is not the only target of Arsenal. Greece international Kostas Manolas and Matija Nastasci are also attracting the interest of Arsene Wenger, but Belgium international Alderweireld top his list. Arsenal are likely to sign one holding midfielder during this transfer window as well.
Wenger Praises Arsenal’s Character After Everton Draw
Arsenal had to rely on two late goals to earn a draw at Goodison Park but coach Arsene Wenger has praised the character shown by his players.
“When we got beaten 3-0 here it could have been many more,” Wenger told reporters.
“That was quite a flattering score on the day but today I believe we deserved the point we earned and for us to come back from 2-0 down against a team who is good on the counter-attack shows that the belief and resilience is there.”
Arsene Wenger also expressed his frustration over the second goal of Everton, which was a offside.
“Having said that, the second goal was offside and there was a foul before, just before half-time, so it was difficult to swallow. But we took it on the chin and came back in the way we did.”