Tottenham braced for imminent Alderweireld bid

According to The Express, Tottenham Hotspur are bracing themselves for an offer from Manchester United for central defender Toby Alderweireld.

What’s the story?

Alderweireld has long been linked with a move away from Spurs, although talk of a transfer has quietened over the last few weeks.

That was mainly down to the centre-back’s involvement at the 2018 World Cup, however, where he impressed in Belgium’s run to the semi-finals of the competition.

Roberto Martinez’s side lost 1-0 to France in the first semi-final on Tuesday night though, and the tournament is now over for the European nation.

According to The Express, Alderweireld will now look to sort out his future ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign, and Tottenham expect to receive a bid from United this week as the Red Devils look to secure their leading target in central defence.

Spurs are believed to want around £60m for Alderweireld, and it remains to be seen whether United are prepared to meet that figure for a player who will be 30 in March.

Should Tottenham sell?

Alderweireld actually has a contract with Tottenham until the end of the 2019-2020 campaign, but he will be able to leave for just £25m next year if no fresh terms are agreed.

Selling him at this stage makes sense for all parties, especially considering that Davinson Sanchez impressed alongside Jan Vertonghen at the heart of the Spurs back four last season.

Alderweireld was a constant during his first two seasons at Tottenham, but he missed a chunk of the 2017-18 campaign through injury, and found it difficult to regain a spot in Mauricio Pochettino’s first XI upon his return.

There is no question that the Belgian is an excellent centre-back, and he has certainly developed into one of Europe’s finest defenders over the last couple of years.

Alderweireld wants out this summer, however, and Tottenham should ensure that they receive the best possible price for the 82-time international, which would allow Pochettino to strengthen his squad and boost their Premier League title chances.