Toby Alderweireld’s future has been in serious doubt for quite some time, and the latest reports regarding a potential release clause make for very concerning viewing for Tottenham supporters.
Following three hugely successful years in North London it appears that Alderweireld could be on his way out of Spurs this summer despite the hype surrounding the new stadium move. Daniel Levy’s reputation for adopting a strict wage structure and his unwillingness to make an exception for the Belgium international has been widely cited as the main reason for the current standoff, but a recent report suggests Levy should rethink his strategy this summer.
According to Yahoo Sport, Manchester United are still interested in signing Alderweireld this summer, and the report claims that they could have the opportunity to sign their target for as little as £25 million due to a clause in his contract.
The quoted price is one which is well beneath his true value and, if Tottenham were forced to sell one of the most pivotal components for as little as £25 million, it would undoubtedly be their worst deal of the summer.
In the current market Tottenham would struggle to sign a quality replacement for anything under £40 million, so Levy must take that into consideration when negotiating a new contract with Alderweireld and recognise the fact that breaking his wage structure may actually be in the club’s financial interest.
As Tottenham move towards a critical watershed moment in their development it’s vitally important that the hierarchy ensure the core group of players remain at the club next season, Alderweireld included.
The experienced 29-year-old will face England tomorrow afternoon in the 3rd/4th place play-off match at the World Cup, and once that fixture has been completed Levy should reopen negotiations over a new contract as soon as possible to ensure that he doesn’t leave the club in a dreadful £25 million deal this summer.
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