Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has been linked with several teams this summer with Liverpool and Norwich leading the way from the Premier League.
At the weekend the revelation was that The Canaries were a shock new team in the race for his signature and his agent confirmed the deal was a possibility.
Before that he was being strongly linked with Liverpool. The club are in need of a new defensive recruit after the retirement of Jamie Carragher; and the Belgian international is the perfect option.
He is not only a strong defender but beyond that he also has excellent technical skills that would ally him to the Brendan Rodgers style of play.
Then add to that the added ingredient of his magnificent positional dexterity and quite frankly you have the perfect option.
Did we also mention he isn’t likely to break the bank?
Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have also been mentioned in the past as having a vested interest in the Ajax vice-captain but it is Norwich and Liverpool who, in recent weeks, have gone to the front of the queue in pursuit of his signature.
And after today he is officially available; well at least as far as Ajax are confirmed.
The Eredivisie champions manager Frank de Boer recently confirmed that the club felt they had sufficient cover in the centre-back positions.
With plenty of full-backs who can slot into the position he also cited a couple of other players who could step into his shoes:
"If Toby would leave, then we have with Joel Veltman and [Mike] Van der Hoorn two good players who could take over that position."
Accept for one thing; when he made those comments the latter was not actually an Ajax player.
Today however the club have finalised the deal for the FC Utrecht defender. The 20-year-old has signed a four-year contract on an undisclosed fee and is very happy with his move:
"I am very happy with this contract and am looking forward to starting training soon. I have signed a contract for four seasons. Ajax have been champions for the last three years so I hope that will continue. I hope to learn a lot from Frank de Boer and Jaap Stam, who in their time were the best defenders in the world."
And with Van der Hoorn now a fully-fledged Ajax player any Premier League clubs interested in Alderweireld practically have the green light to go for it.
But hold the press; because while Ajax are open to a sale the player himself has stated he might not yet move anywhere this season:
"I'm happy at Ajax, so maybe I will stay another year. I'm going to look at every offer I get and then I will make my decision. I won't say no right away, but I also won't say yes directly."
Guess we will just have to wait and see.
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