Spurs should take advantage of chance to sell Alderweireld abroad

According to The Mirror, Bayern Munich are considering Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld as a potential replacement for Jerome Boateng.

What’s the story?

Alderweireld could well exit White Hart Lane this summer, with Bayern Munich lining him up to take the place of Boateng should the German depart this summer.

Boateng endured a torrid time at this summer’s World Cup tournament in Russia, and has struggled for form and consistency domestically for the last couple of seasons. However, PSG are, according to the aforementioned report, still keen on bringing the 29-year-old to the Parc des Princes during this transfer window.

In his time with Spurs, Alderweireld has proven himself to be a top class centre-back, however, he fell away from the first team picture last season due to injury and has returned to find himself behind Davinson Sanchez in the pecking order.

The Belgian needs to be playing regular football, and as with Boateng, a move looks like it could be the best thing for him at this stage.

Selling smart

Spurs now have the opportunity to be smart in the way they offload Alderweireld. Manchester United were linked with the 29-year-old throughout the summer, but with the English transfer window now closed, that deal can no longer be conducted until January at the earliest.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy should take this opportunity, while the European market remains open, to offload the defender to a foreign club in order to avoid strengthening a domestic rival. 

Given Spurs’ young talents and strength in depth, letting Alderweireld go may not make them hugely weaker, but that is no reason to allow his exit to make the Red Devils stronger.