Darren Bent has tipped Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to sell Toby Alderweireld before his release clause expires.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs striker believes the long-standing club chief will have a firm plan to cash in on the Belgium international this window.
Alderweireld has a year remaining on his contract but it includes a £26million release clause that must be triggered two weeks before the end of the window, which is 25 July.
Asked by Football Insider about whether Spurs will offload Alderweireld before his release clause expires, Bent is convinced the club are well placed to cope without him due to three other centre-backs already at White Hart Lane.
“For me, looking at it from an outside perspective, he’s looking at his squad now going, ‘right, Toby Alderweireld up for negotiation, I think I’ll let him go because he’s older now and we’ve got Davidson Sanchez there, Vertonghen is there, Juan Foyth another one – cover in that
perspective’,” Bent said.
“So I think if Daniel Levy is looking at the situation, if Toby Alderweireld wants to go, let him go. I don’t think he’s backed into a corner, I think he
knows exactly what he’s doing and he’s in as strong a position as ever.”
Alderweireld was a key member of the Tottenham side that reached the Champions League final last season and has been immensely influential since signing from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015.
The 30-year-old made 49 starts among 50 appearances in all competitions last season, and has played 159 times for the club in his four years there.