Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld talks stall
This may not go well with Tottenham fans, but in the Times on Friday’s it’s reported that Tottenham could be about to sell star defender Toby Alderweireld.
It’s been a taxing season for Alderweireld, who has been injured with a hamstring problem for much of the campaign.
The Belgian is now back in contention. But for how much longer will he be on Tottenham’s books?
Could Alderweireld be sold this summer? That’s now looking like a possibility as contract talks between the 28-year-old and Spurs have stalled.
Spurs are baulking on Alderweireld’s contract demands. The Times report:
Tottenham Hotspur are willing to sell Toby Alderweireld this summer after reaching a deadlock in negotiations over a new contract.
Mauricio Pochettino has backed the club’s decision, as the head coach accepts their strict wage structure and would rather use the money to strengthen other areas of the squad.
Tottenham’s final offer to Alderweireld during talks last month is understood to have been £110,000 a week including bonuses, which would make him one of the highest-paid players at the club, although that will be surpassed if, as expected, Harry Kane and Dele Alli sign improved deals at the end of the season.
Alderweireld is looking to be paid £150,000 a week to sign a new Spurs deal.
Is that a fair wage for a player many consider to be the best defender in the Premier League?
Chelsea & Man United
Of course, if Tottenham aren’t willing to meet Alderweireld’s payment demands, other clubs are.
The Times list three potential suitors for the Belgian, as Chelsea, Man United and Real Madrid are all said to be “monitoring” the situation.
Should that set off alarm bells for Tottenham? If these clubs believe Alderweireld is worth what he’s asking for, should Spurs do everything possible to lock down the defender?
For the record, if Chelsea or Man United try to sign Alderweireld this summer, the Times outline the ball-game:
Alderweireld’s situation is complicated by the nature of his contract, which is due to expire in 2019 but has a clause that enables the club to extend it by 12 months.
However, the same clause also allows Alderweireld to leave next summer for £25.4 million before the final 14 days of the transfer window, so the end of this season represents Spurs’ last chance to achieve his full market value, which would be more than £50 million.