Alderweireld close to Atleti deal

Reports in the Netherlands suggest that Atletico Madrid are on the verge of completing a deal for Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld.

The capital club have been linked with the young Belgian defender in recent days, to act as a replacement for Martin Demichelis, who looks bound for Manchester City.

Whilst his club Ajax indicated that they had rejected an offer last week from Atleti for Alderweireld, reports in the Netherlands indicate that a deal has now been agreed and that the 24-year-old is set for a medical today.

It is understood that Atleti have agreed a deal worth as much as €7m to sign the defender, who can play at full-back or centre-back.

The player’s agent indicated late on Thursday that a deal was imminent also.

“I think he is going to Atletico, yes, they have come in for him,” Soren Lerby told reporters.

“Coach Frank de Boer is already aware that he cannot count on him for this Sunday’s game.”

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