For many months now it has seemed evident that Toby Alderweireld will leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
The defender is yet to sign a new contract at the North London outfit, and the longer the standoff continues, the more likely it is that he will look for pastures new.
Manchester United swiftly became front-runners to land the 76-capped Belgian international’s signature, but there has been a twist in the tale.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Alderweireld is no longer at the top of Jose Mourinho’s transfer wishlist as scouts are unsure about the centre-back’s ‘profile’.
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The publication adds that United value the Belgian £20m less than Tottenham’s asking price, which is believed to be in excess of £70m.
This turn of events puts Spurs in a difficult position as they run the risk of Alderweireld being available for as little as £25m next summer, when a clause in his contract is activated.
Unless the club tie him down to a new deal, it would be in their best interests to sell him over the next few months.
Tottenham fans have been debating about the player’s situation for a while now, and this latest twist has sparked a new discussion.
Let’s try again Toby…
How does £130k a week sound?
— Clamour Kid (@clamour_kid) June 11, 2018
Perfect we should keep him then instead of bolstering another club with a superstar!
— Jack Handy (@kaosad2012) June 11, 2018
I believe the real target for ManU is Bale. They are stalling on Toby so as to occupy Spurs while they work on signing Bale and don’t want to pay for Toby so Spurs have the cash to possibly sign Bale.
— Mr. Nascar Caviar (@BisonGuy51) June 11, 2018
Opposed to being unconvinced by the price we’re demanding for him? ?
— Diamond Time Luxury (@peterwatches) June 11, 2018
Jose mind games hoping levy runs back to them
— shaun lewis (@shaunlewis17) June 11, 2018
What would that mean for us though? If he 100% isn’t going to sign a new deal with us, what happens next?
— Jamie Bishop (@JamieBishop90) June 11, 2018
Good. We can’t be selling a player of his quality to a rival. £50m would not buy us anyone better. Given we can now afford to pay Kane £200k let’s give Toby the £150k he wants and go into next season with the best CB pairing in the league (Jan and Toby)
— Josh O (@lilywhitetactic) June 11, 2018
Just pay Toby the money, can’t expect to keep a wage structure when you’re paying Harry Kane £200k a week
— Michael (@Chiggers95) June 11, 2018