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Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has tipped the club to sell Toby Alderweireld this summer, per Football Insider.
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Alderweireld has a £25m release clause in his contract that can be activated in this transfer window and has been linked with a possible move to Roma.
A Guardian report claims that a transfer to Italy could potentially see Nicolo Zaniolo, the midfielder, move the other way.
And Bent believes that chairman Daniel Levy will cash in on the Belgium international because the squad has enough depth to cover his absence.
He said: “For me, looking at it from an outside perspective, he’s looking at his squad now going, ‘right, Toby Alderweireld up for negotiation, I think I’ll let him go because he’s older now and we’ve got Davidson Sanchez there, Vertonghen is there, Juan Foyth another one – cover in that perspective’.
“So I think if Daniel Levy is looking at the situation if Toby Alderweireld wants to go, let him go. I don’t think he’s backed into a corner, I think he knows exactly what he’s doing and he’s in as strong a position as ever.”
Spurs don’t want to be surprised by a late bid for Alderweireld in the closing days of the transfer window.
Thus, what Bent is saying makes sense.
Spurs do have depth in central defence and, while Alderweireld has been an exceptional servant to the club, one feels that his departure would not necessarily weaken Mauricio Pochettino’s backline.
Indeed, he would be able to promote Davinson Sanchez, the Colombia international who has emerged an excellent prospect in north London, and also hand an increased role to Juan Foyth, the 21-year-old centre-back.
The ducks are in a row, so to speak, and it simply remains to be seen if Levy can convince another club to match Alderweireld’s asking price.
If they do, they are covered; if they don’t, Spurs keep an experienced centre-back.
It is a win-win for the chairman.