Arsene Wenger continues his pursuit of further Emirates defensive options.
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It is also understood that Wenger and his scouting staff have looked at the two Ajax centre-backs Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen but feel that they are over-priced by their club. Ideally, Wenger would like a loan signing at centre-half to fill in towards the end of the season but has been unimpressed with the options put before him so far. (Independent)
Some Dutch sources claim that Ajax valued their centre back duo at a total of £26m, with Jan Vertonghen being the more heavily priced of the pair, and that Arsenal baulked at the valuation and are now looking elsewhere unless the cash strapped Dutch giants decide to reduce the price tag.
There appear to be some reports suggesting that Wenger will look for a quick fix and to that end have been linked with moves to bring former Arsenal defenders Sol Campbell and Matthew Upson and whilst the Gunners boss may be considering such an approach it is worth noting that even before the current injury concerns over Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastien Squillaci the Emirates manager was already talking about bringing in another centre back so clearly he is looking to the future and not just the next few months.
The Belgian international Pair of Alderweireld and Vertonghen, at 21 and 23 respectively, appear more likely candidates for a manager who is clearly geared to bringing in youth but a lot depends on how hard the north London club is willing to push and in the end Wenger may opt to wait it out until the end of the season before bringing in any defenders at all.
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