Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld is reportedly looking to leave the club - and tonight, his wishes moved one step closer.
Alderweireld, 25, moved from Germinal Beerschot in his native Belgium to Ajax at the age of just 15, and went on to establish himself as a top young defender with the Dutch giants. With 186 appearance and 15 goals, Alderweireld was a reliable centre back or right back at the Amsterdam Arena, and unsurprisingly attracted interest from a host of European clubs.
It was Atletico Madrid who gave him his big move last summer, joining in a £6m deal as cover for first choice pairing Diego Godin and Miranda. Despite starting at right back for Belgium at this summer's World Cup, Alderweireld has struggled for first team football in the Spanish capital, making just 12 appearances in La Liga.
That has resulted in fervent speculation that Alderweireld would be sold, particularly after the player's father called for Atletico to let his son leave in order to play first team football. The rumours of Alderweireld's exit have been accelerated by rumours of Atletico's interest in Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, who would be seen as his direct replacement.
Now, his exit looks one step closer after the Belgian was left out of Atletico's squad for tonight's Spanish Super Cup first leg clash with city rivals Real Madrid.
Arsenal need a centre back after the departure of Alderweireld's international team mate Thomas Vermaelen, and his versatility could be appealing to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, whilst their North London rivals could pair him up with another Belgian and former Ajax star Jan Vertonghen in the centre of their backline.
Liverpool look to be the least likely team to make a move given the recent arrivals of Javier Manquillo, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno, but given his apparent availability, Brendan Rodgers may just think about rekindling his interest.