According to reports from Spain, Atletico Madrid will be forced to sell Toby Alderweireld in order to be compliant with financial regulations.
Because Atletico Madrid's expenditure is pushing €100 million for the current transfer window with only €74 million thus far recuperated, the Vicente Calderon club may be forced into offloading one more first team talent in order to be compliant with financial regulations set by La Liga.
Should the club fail to act, then they could face sanctions (and even, in the worst case scenario, relegation, according to MARCA) but amidst rumours that the reigning champions of Spain wish to continue their aggressive recruitment policy, which sees them heavily-linked with former Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Munich, it is presumed that Toby Alderweireld will be sold.
A versatile international-level defender valued at around £10 million to £15 million, Alderweireld, 25, has long attracted Premier League interest, with Arsenal the latest club to be associated with the Belgian.
Arsenal are seemingly a centre back light after having ratified the sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona. And Arsene Wenger may be receptive to a punt on the player in order to capitalise on Atletico's predicament.
MARCA calculate that Atletico will need to raise around €15 million to €20 million in order to appease La Liga - and the prospective transfer of Alderweireld to Arsenal will go a long way in remedying that.