TRANSFER NEWS: Arsenal & Spurs Line-Up Chelsea Outcast

By on December 9, 2011

Arsenal and Tottenham are both interested in signing Chelsea centre back Alex during the January transfer window, according to reports today.

Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the 29-year-old’s and enquired about his availability in the summer, only to be told he Brazilian defender wasn’t for sale. Alex has since struggled to hold down a first team place under Andre Villas-Boas and had a transfer requested accepted last week.

The Gunners are ready to reignite their interest in January with Wenger reported to be keen on adding more experience to his defence, despite the £8m summer signing of German Per Mertesacker.

However Arsenal will face competition from North London rivals Tottenham, with Harry Redknapp identifying Alex as an alternative to Gary Cahill, who Chelsea hope to sign as a replacement for Alex.

Alex’s contract runs out at the end of the season so could be available for as little as £3m, which would represent good value for a player with such experience at both Premier League and international level.



  1. Cc

    December 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Nice for wenger 2 go for alex,with 2 unfit fullbacks,he is needed,also we need to know what Angha can do,so that we know whether to send miquel on loan.Djourou & squillaci need 2 be sold or loaned out.

  2. Motunrayor

    December 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Yes,the likes of djourou and squillaci should be sold out because they are dead woods and claiming their wages week in week out.i think vertoghen and cahill would be a better replacements for the duo.

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  4. Mohamed Zubairu

    December 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I agree that Djourou has had enough chance at Arsenal and should move on. He can go on and become a DJ for all I care. Squillaci also should go. But we have both Kyle Bartley and Ignasi Miguel as center backs who are ready to take their chances. With Per, Kos and TV5 as dependable Center backs, we can afford to give younger ones a chance to step up rather than buying Alex who is 29. I don’t think Wenger will do this.

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