Juventus consider Alderweireld swoop, Pochettino’s priority must be new centre-back

According to The Mirror, Juventus are weighing up whether to trigger Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld’s £25m buy-out clause during the upcoming transfer window, and it is just another reason why Mauricio Pochettino’s summer priority must be to sign a new central defender.

What’s the word, then?

Well, it is no secret that the Belgium international has a clause in his contract that could see him prised away from the north London club for £25m, as per The Mirror, this summer.

The same source now report that Juve have alerted to that fact and are considering a bid to bring the 30-year-old to Turin.

The Mirror say that the Serie A leaders have been further boosted in the race for the centre-back with the fact that Manchester United are likely to have cooled their interest in Alderweireld, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now only looking for a back-up centre-back.

Pochettino’s priority

The transfer links involving the Belgian continue to come thick and fast and that will no doubt continue throughout the next few months through into the opening of the window.

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It would certainly be surprising if no club took a £25m punt on him, and Alderweireld could easily decide to go if the offer is right seeing as he has so far been unable to commit his long-term future to Spurs.

While Pochettino may well be targeting the wing and full-back areas as ones that need strengthening in the summer, his number-one aim needs to be bringing a top-class centre-back to play in Tottenham’s new stadium next season.

With Jan Vertonghen getting no younger and Davinson Sanchez still not the finished article, should the popular 30-year-old leave the north London outfit would find themselves in a whole lot of trouble next term.