Toby Alderweireld's future at Atletico Madrid looks increasingly out of the Vicente Calderón, after manager Diego Simeone left him out of the Spanish Super Cup final against Real Madrid – with all Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham reportedly monitoring the situation.
Atletico signed the Belgium international from Ajax last summer for around £7m, but with both João Miranda and Diego Godín ahead of him in Simeone's plans, Alderweireld's future at the club has been under scrutiny since the summer began.
Even though the Argentinian manager believes the 25 year-old could still be an important cover for the centre-back starting pair, Alderweireld's father recently revealed he would rather go on loan to secure more playing time.
"We have since last year been in several discussions about moving and Atletico understand that we do not think it makes sense to let Toby wait another year on the bench. He wants to play. If there is a solution, Atletico will not stand in Toby's way. A loan move would be the best option, so we can revisit the situation next year," he said.
Preparing for a transfer
Atletico now looks ready to fulfil Alderweireld's wishes, after Simeone left the centre-back out of the 18-man squad which is to face Real Madrid on the first leg of the Spanish Super cup on Tuesday night. This move paves Alderweireld's way out from the Vicente Calderón, with the Premier League reportedly to be his next destiny.
Recent reports claimed Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham have expressed interest in Atletico Madrid's player, should they decide to make him available.
Nevertheless, the Premier League trio are just one market for a versatile defender like the Belgium, who can play both as a centre-back and on the flanks.
Liverpool are understood to be interesting in signing a centre-back, should Daniel Agger finally leave the club, while Brendan Rodgers recently opted to send centre-back youngster Tiago Ilori on loan to Bordeaux until the end of the season.
At the same time, Arsene Wenger is said to have the Atletico defender on his shopping list, in case the negotiations over Kostas Manolas stalls, as he is he is desperately looking for replacement to Thomas Vermaelen.
Meanwhile the Atletico defender has also emerged as a potential target fort Tottenham after the negotiations with Villarreal over first-choice Mateo Musacchio stalled.