The future of Toby Alderweireld consistently made the headlines at Tottenham Hotspur in 2018 and his decision to sign a year extension on his current deal will, rather paradoxically, do little to quell reports concerning the brilliant Belgium international.
That Alderweireld will be available for a fee of just £25 million next summer is the latest instalment in the narrative concerning his future. In the current market that price is a bargain for a player of his quality and experience, and his availability is likely to capture the attention of plenty of Europe’s giants in the coming months.
According to a recent report from the Daily Telegraph, Paris Saint-Germain have renewed their interest in the 29-year-old in light of his decision to extend his contract in north London.
The relationship established between Daniel Levy and PSG following successful negotiations for Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura may well give the French giants an advantage in their pursuit, and the same report claims they are open to the possibility of sending a player to Spurs in a part-exchange swap deal, one of which is World Cup star Thomas Meunier.
The full-back has been a regular for PSG this season after thriving at the World Cup in Roberto Martinez’s defensive unit. What was particularly impressive about Meunier in Russia was his brilliant engine and ability to overlap at every given opportunity while balancing his defensive responsibilities.
Despite Meunier’s obvious talent, it seems rather foolish for Levy to agree to a swap deal involving Alderweireld as Pochettino is well stocked for options at full-back with Kieran Trippier, Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters all battling for a starting berth.
With that said, Pochettino would be wise to discuss Meunier’s willingness to reinvent himself in central defence in the event that PSG launch a bid, as he possesses the physical and technical attributes to move into a more central role.
Standing at 6’3″, Meunier possesses the physical stature to hold his own in central defence and the technical skill to thrive in a ball-playing defensive role, offering a genuine threat when stepping out of defence with the ball at his feet in a bid to unsettle the opposition.
Naturally a grace period would be required to allow Meunier to adapt to a new role at centre-back but with plenty of experience at the top level there’s no question the transition would be swift, especially under a manager of Pochettino’s expertise.
The coveted Argentine has been touted as something of a genius for what he has achieved during his time at Spurs and replacing Alderweireld with a right-back turned central defender would serve to add another layer of legitimacy to the esteemed praise he regularly receives.
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