Arsenal Express Interest In £6.5m Ajax Defender

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Arsenal have made contact with Ajax to discuss the future of centre-back Toby Alderweireld, according to the Metro.

The Gunners look short of options at the back, and are reportedly ready to move for the 24-year-old Belgian international to add further depth to their squad.

Right-back Bacary Sagna covered for a suspended Laurent Koscielny in central defence during Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage but Aresne Wenger now seems to be looking at a more permanent solution ahead of a testing season at the Emirates Stadium.

Sources in Holland now suggest that the Gunners have made contact with Ajax over the weekend to look at a possible deal with the talented defender only having one year remaining on his contract at the Amsterdam Arena.

Arsenal have moved for the £6.5millon-valued player after Ajax rebuffed an opening offer from Atletico Madrid.

Former Gunner winger and current director of football at Ajax Marc Overmars, said: ‘We were contacted this weekend but it was not considered sufficient for a player of the national team of Belgium.’

When asked about possible interest from Arsenal in the defender, Overmars added: ‘They would need to pay the asking price, if we were to let one of our players go.’

A whole host of Premier League clubs have been credited with interest in Alderweireld this summer and the player has already turned down a chance to move to the Premier League with Norwich City.

If Alderweireld were to make the switch to the Emirates Stadium, he would link up with Belgian team-mate Thomas Vermaelen who is expected to return from injury in September.

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