As per a report from Matt Law of the Telegraph, Spurs have decided on the fee that they will charge any potential suitors of Toby Alderweireld, after the defender’s cut-price release clause expires this week.
Alderweireld, a 30-year-old Belgian international, has been on the books of Spurs since making the move to London from Atletico Madrid in 2015.
The no-nonsense stopper caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs with his stellar showings during a loan spell with Southampton during the 2014-15 campaign, with Tottenham having eventually splashed out a fee of around £12 million to secure his services.
And Alderweireld has since gone from strength to strength, establishing himself as one of the English top-flight’s finest defenders over the last couple of seasons.
Alderweireld’s contract standoff
However, in a saga that has been dragging on for some time now, Spurs’ attempts to tie their star defender down to a new contract in the English capital have proven completely unfruitful, with little to no progress having been made to this point.
Alderweireld’s Tottenham contract was originally due to expire this summer.
The north Londoners, though, exercised an option last December to extend the Belgian’s deal by another year:
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 27, 2018
Alderweireld’s updated price-tag
Significantly, however, Spurs’ decision to prolong Alderweireld’s stay at the club also saw his release clause drop to just £25 million this summer.
Somewhat surprisingly, no club has, to this point, moved to take advantage of the veteran’s bargain price-tag, though.
And, with the clause responsible for Alderweireld’s reduced fee set to expire in 3 days’ time, the Tottenham board are now ready to restore what they evidently feel is a more appropriate look to the stopper’s valuation.
As per the aforementioned report from Matt Law of the Telegraph, after this Friday, Alderweireld will set any interested parties back £40 million, despite his contract being due to expire next year.
This, in turn, meanwhile, is set to accelerate Manchester United’s pursuit of Leicester standout Harry Maguire.
In the case that the Red Devils miss out on Maguire, they are expected to turn their attentions to Alderweireld.
As such, establishing whether or not a deal for the former is realistic before Friday will be a primary concern at Old Trafford, to ensure that they aren’t forced to fork out a potential extra £15 million on Alderweireld:
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) July 23, 2019