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Tottenham should let Alderweireld go, but only if they get Eric Bailly in return

Tottenham should let Alderweireld go, but only if they get Eric Bailly in return

According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, Tottenham have received a ‘take it or leave it’ offer from Manchester United for defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old has been repeatedly linked with a move away this summer given the nature of his current contract, what with the centre back out of contract in 12 months’ time, although Spurs do have a one-year option to trigger yet it would bring a £25 million release clause into play.

And Jose Mourinho’s men have made an offer believed to be around £40 million to try and force Tottenham’s hand, and while chairman Daniel Levy should indeed consider letting Alderweireld go, he should only do so on the condition that his side receive £31.5 million-rated United star Eric Bailly (as per Transfermarkt) in return.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, Mauricio Pochettino’s men would be losing arguably the best centre back in the Premier League were they to let Alderweireld go this summer, which itself can only be good news for Mourinho and United given they had some uncertain moments defensively throughout last season.

Thus, Spurs would be doing the Red Devils a huge favour by allowing the 29-year-old a move to Old Trafford this summer, which is why the North Londoners should demand a favour in return in the form of Ivory Coast international Bailly, who was one man linked with a move away from United earlier in the window.

The 24-year-old made the move to the North West back in 2016 but hasn’t always been a first-choice at Old Trafford, with the centre back mustering just 56 appearances for the Red Devils as a result of injury and a loss of form.

However, there have been many instances in which Bailly has proven to be a hugely adept defender at Premier League level and one that could go on and become a top-quality centre back in the English top-flight – it’s just a case of shrugging off those injury problems for a sustained run in the team.

And United boss Mourinho was reportedly willing to let the 24-year-old leave this summer, having only mustered five Premier League appearances in 2018, and Pochettino and Spurs must seek to pounce by demanding him in return for Alderweireld.

Davinson Sanchez may well have deputised remarkably well to actually keep the 29-year-old out of the side in the second half of last season, but there is no doubting that Tottenham will suffer from letting Alderweireld leave, as would any side in the league.

And given they are doing United a favour by potentially allowing the Belgium international to join them, Levy and the club’s hierarchy must seek a favour from them by only sanctioning his departure if Bailly comes the other way.

Tottenham and Man United fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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