Tottenham Hotspur are expected to lose Toby Alderweireld this summer, with the centre-back no closer to signing a new contract.
Alderweireld will not be short of suitors, and it will leave Tottenham needing to sign a new central defender to complement Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez next season.
Ajax teenager Matthijs de Ligt has been strongly linked with a move to White Hart Lane, with some reports claiming that Spurs are preparing a £45m move.
There is absolutely no question that De Ligt is an outstanding talent, and he is believed to have impressed Manchester United when he played against the Red Devils in last season’s Europa League final.
It would be a risk for Tottenham to spend close to £50m on an 18-year-old, but the Netherlands international has already made 60 appearances for Ajax’s first team.
The Tottenham fans have been discussing De Ligt’s potential arrival this summer, and there are some differing opinions.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino sees 18-year-old Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as a potential replacement for Alderweireld. Spurs may have to pay £45m for the Dutchman. Do you think he is the right replacement? If not who?
— Spurs Centre (@Spurs_Centre) April 29, 2018
Be cheaper to pay Toby a little bit more cash
— Tommy Hotspur (@tommyhotspur24) April 29, 2018
Too young…not suitable at all..
I like Varane…
— Hereward the Wake (@AlanGeraldWard2) April 29, 2018
He’s the perfect replacement, only 18 and already a brilliant player. Was better than Sanchez when they played together.
— tweetmicka (@tweetmicka) April 29, 2018
I’d get him and Evans from WBA experience wit youth as back ups to Jan and Sanchez.
— Brian Lloyd Owen (@brianowen1979) April 29, 2018
I’d get him and Lascelles from Newcastle
— Jordan Bolds (@J_BoldsyEra67) April 30, 2018
— Addicted To Spurs (@addicted_spurs) April 29, 2018
yes. Buying from Ajax is like our own personalised cheat code
— Liam Rain (@thatoneguyrain) April 29, 2018
While some may think he's not ready now, when he may be deemed ready there will be more competition from the big spenders
— David G (@arbitraryreddo) April 30, 2018