Danny Mills has blasted Manchester United and Arsenal for not chasing an “absolute bargain” in the shape of Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.
The former England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the Belgian’s £25million release clause should be tempting clubs from far and wide into pouncing for his capture and singled out the Red Devils and the Gunners as guilty culprits.
As has been widely reported, Alderweireld’s release clause comes to an end this week, with July 25th the cut-off point for clubs to trigger a move.
Mills says that any top club should be looking at Alderweireld and thinking he is a bargain and that he does not understand why Tottenham’s rivals below them in the top-four race are not chasing a deal.
“Let’s say he plays another three seasons, that’s around £8million-a-year,” Mills told Football Insider.
“People are paying loan fees of £8million-a-year, he’s a ready-made player. It’s an absolute bargain. How Manchester United are not coming and banging down the door, how Arsenal are not banging down the door and saying we want this player, I have no idea.
“£25million for a ready-made centre half who is going to get you through the next three seasons and bring on other players around them, it’s a no-brainer for me. People will say you’re going to lose money, yeah you are but you’re going to do that if you bring loan players for me.”
Alderweireld, who has 90 caps for Belgium under his belt, played 50 times across all competitions for Tottenham last season, failing to find the back of the net once.
He has played a total of 159 games for the Lilywhites since signing from Atletico Madrid back in 2015, forming a formidable partnership with fellow countryman Jan Vertonghen at the heart of the defence.
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