The Transfer Tavern has been rocked today by reports putting Toby Alderweireld’s future at Tottenham Hotspur in doubt.
Reporting on Inter Milan’s alleged interest, Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed via his personal website that the Belgium international has told Spurs that he won’t sign a new deal at the club – and that his current contract, due to expire in 2020, includes a €28million release clause.
Needless to say, the report has created quite the reaction, with Alderweireld rated as arguably the best defender in the Premier League. He was crucial in Tottenham boasting the best defensive record in the division last year and could help them achieve the same feat come the end of 2016/17.
But the news of the release clause has particularly caught the interest of a rather unlikely group of fans – Arsenal supporters – who want their club to pinch the commanding centre-back from their bitter rivals, echoing the same journey Sol Campbell once infamously made.
Here’s a look at what Arsenal fans are saying about the potential shock deal on Twitter…
Absolute scenes when we steal Alderweireld from Tottenham and he helps Arsenal lift the PL next season at WHL
— Ben (@ClassOfMesut) April 19, 2017
In case anyone is in doubt as to why Arsenal should try to sign Alderweireld. pic.twitter.com/5CP64Tdq30
— Tom Brinkhoff (@RVAgooner) April 19, 2017
Toby Alderweireld has a (£23.4m) release clause!! C’mon Arsenal, snap him up!
— ADETAYO (@DreyKanmzs) April 19, 2017
@Arsenal pleeease trigger Alderweireld!Pay him whatever he wants
— Laurence Warren-West (@LWarrenWest) April 19, 2017
Get Alderweireld! #AFC
— Ben C (@bencrabtree7) April 19, 2017
So Toby Alderweireld has a release clause of £23.4m and Arsenal haven’t thought to trigger it I guess the geniuses upstairs know best #SMH
— King_H3RC (@KingH3rc) April 19, 2017
The perfect Koscielny replacement? Toby Alderweireld.
— Joseph Harris (@GenerousGiroud) April 19, 2017
If Alderweireld comes to Arsenal. Then our back 3 will be: Koscielny-Holding-Mustafi.
— Shubham (@MajesticRamsey) April 19, 2017
Toby Alderweireld will be a great addition to any PL squad. I can't wait to watch him fake an injury just to force a move to Arsenal.
— GP (@DeadlyXhaka) April 19, 2017
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