This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Roma want to sign Toby Alderweireld this summer, per Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Tottenham Hotspur centre-back has a release clause in his contract of €30m (£26.9m), per the aforementioned report.
But, while Roma are interested in acquiring the Belgium international, the club are not minded to pay such a fee for the 30-year-old.
Gazzetta claims that the clause expires on July 25th and Roma will not table a bid until after that date, when they will attempt to negotiate a deal worth around €12m (£10.7m).
The offer of a three-year contract could convince him to take a hit on his current wages of €4m (£3.5m) annually.
Gazzetta also reports that midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo could be included in any deal as a sweetener.
Roma making a bid worth £10.7m in straight cash is a slap in the face to Tottenham.
Alderweireld has been one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League in recent seasons and made a total of 50 appearances last season as Spurs reached the Champions League final and finished fourth domestically.
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Bear in mind, too, that the clause that he does have is still remarkably cheap in this transfer window, particularly when it is compared with a player like Harry Maguire, who has been valued at around £90m by Leicester City.
Admittedly, Alderweireld’s contract does expire next summer, leading to the potential of him departing on a free, but one cannot foresee chairman Daniel Levy accepting any bids below the player’s release clause in this transfer window.
He is worth so much more.