Toby Alderweireld & Tottenham
It’s D-day for Toby Alderweireld and Tottenham.
As soon as the clock strikes midnight tonight, Spurs can breathe a sigh of relief.
From July 26th, Alderweireld’s discount release clause will cease to exist.
As has been well-publicised for months, Alderweireld has a £25m release clause in his Spurs contract, which expires at the end of July 25th.
Alderweireld, 30, is under contract with Spurs until next summer.
Alderweireld’s Spurs price tag will skyrocket
As confirmed in the Telegraph this week, Alderweireld’s Spurs price tag will shoot up from tomorrow.
Working on the basis that no-one will sign Alderweireld before midnight tonight, the Telegraph have reported that the Belgian’s release clause will almost double:
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is ready to push Toby Alderweireld’s price up to £40 million if his release clause is allowed to expire on Friday.
Impact on Man United’s Marry Maguire chase
Earlier in the week, the Times explained why Man United haven’t tried to sign Alderweireld this summer. Readers were told:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mourinho’s successor, wants to bring in younger signings and has targeted Harry Maguire, the 26-year-old Leicester City defender.
That position was challenged by the Telegraph, who have suggested that Man United could still try to sign Alderweireld this summer.
The broadsheet have claimed that while Maguire remains United’s focus, Alderweireld is the alternative option:
United are hopeful of signing Maguire from Leicester City, but have made Alderweireld one their primary back-up options should they be forced to look elsewhere.
Woodward, though, will be aware that it could cost United an extra £15m if they allow Alderweireld’s clause to expire and then miss out on Maguire, forcing them to go back for the Belgian.