According to The Sun, Arsenal are considering a potential move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld.
The 30-year-old has a release clause of £25million embedded into his contract, allowing him to leave this summer if such an offer is tabled.
Of course, Arsenal have a history of securing such deals having signed Sol Campbell on a free transfer from Spurs back in 2001.
But would this move trump even that and rank as perhaps the best deal in the Gunners’ history? Football FanCast’s writers give their verdict on the potential of a truly earth-shattering move below…
“Make no bones about it, Arsenal signing Alderweireld would be absolutely brilliant. Would he be their best deal in the last 18 years? Probably not when you think about the likes of Gilberto Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Alexis Sanchez. The main issue I see is convincing a Tottenham player to make the move to their arch-rivals, as I just feel he has too much respect for his current employers to do that. If they do somehow pull a deal off however, Arsenal would be a different animal next season.”
“Regardless of the massive difference Alderweireld would make to Arsenal’s back-line, the prospect of pinching one of their rivals’ most valued players will have Gunners fans drooling. A top centre-back must be a priority this summer and, if they can get him on a cheap deal due to the Belgian’s imminently expiring contract with Spurs, then it would be both one of the best and most shocking deals in recent Premier League history, let alone Arsenal’s.”
“If Arsenal were to sign Alderweireld it would be a phenomenal bit of business. Not only would it solve the Gunners’ defensive issues at quite a cheap price, but it would also mean their fans could get one over their old rivals once again. To me, this move would be an even greater shock than Campbell’s all those years ago, mainly given that Spurs are now a far bigger threat. If he were to make the move to the other side of north London it would be a monumental step back for Tottenham. There’s unlikely to be many better centre-halves available this summer and Arsenal simply have to capitalise on his release clause.”