In Focus: Alderweireld is key to any trophy ambitions Tottenham have

As reported by The Sun, Manchester City are considering making a move for Tottenham Hotspur key man Toby Alderweireld next summer.

What’s the story?

With the ageing Vincent Kompany picking up another injury on international duty recently, thoughts have again been re-ignited about who could be the Belgian’s long-term replacement at the Etihad. Kompany has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, making just 11 Premier League appearances last term.

The man Pep Guardiola is eyeing as that potential replacement is Kompany’s Belgium international team-mate Toby Alderweireld.

That’s according to The Sun, who say Manchester City are looking to capitalise on any contract dispute over the coming 12 months to make a massive move for him next summer.

The paper report the defender is rated at around £60m, but in today’s inflated market that would be considered as good business for the Manchester club, given Alderweireld’s quality.

Will Tottenham lose him?

With The Sun also reporting Alderweireld has not yet signed a new deal at the club, which he’s looking for, there’s always the chance that the player could become unsettled if he feels he is not being paid the right amount relative to his contribution for Spurs.

However, his current deal at the London side does not run out until 2020, so Spurs are still very much in control of the situation.

Fans will be hoping to see the defender commit himself to the club and rightly so. The Belgian has been absolutely integral to Mauricio Pochettino’s side since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2015.

At 28 years of age he is coming into his prime as a defender and if Spurs are to lift any major silverware over the next couple of years, you’d expect him to be a hugely important figure.

Spurs must retain all of their top talent if they’re turn a promising side into one that wins silverware and should resist all advances from Manchester City should they come about next summer.