Spartak Moscow have reportedly made a bid to sign Toby Alderweireld, also linked with Norwich City and Everton this summer. Has the time come to make a bid?
"We have received an offer. We won't give any names as we are still in talks. But, just like with Norwich City earlier, I expect we can work out a deal with this club."
But both teams will know what when it comes to interest from Eastern Europe - they tend not to mess about.
As Tottenham and Liverpool, along with Arsenal and Porto, dawdled over a potential deal to sign Bernard from Atletico Mineiro Shakhtar Donetsk did no such thing.
They met his asking price and three days later he was a Miner.
So at hearing news that Spartak Moscow are believed to be the team who have lodged this latest bid - the two Premier League outfits might want to consider moving fast.
The rumours come mainly from Dutch papers. The fee is likely to be around the figure Norwich City had accepted for him earlier in the summer - in the region of £6 million.
He rejected that move, and the general belief is that he will reject a move to Russia for similar reasons - he wants to play at a certain level.
But that was said about Bernard and Shakhtar Donetsk - and here he is, seemingly happy to be playing in Orange-and-Black.
Money and star status talks - Spartak could offer him both.
If the fee is £6 million, then I don’t understand what the flaming hold up is. Alderweireld is one of the best defenders of his age you could wish for - and at that price it is a no-brainer.
Liverpool and Spurs would end up feeling very embarrassed if they let this transfer target slip through their fingers - when it is seemingly such a straight-forward transfer.
Ajax are keen to sell him, he is available at a reasonable price and both teams need him.
So don’t let Spartak pull the blinkers on you.
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