Mauricio Pochettino is on the verge of another transfer masterstroke, after reports have come out saying that Tottenham would accept £44million for Toby Alderweireld this summer.
Belgian website HNL have reported that Tottenham are resigned to losing their centre-back this summer, after talks have stalled.
A release clause that would see him move for £25.4million in 2019 means that Spurs need to cash in this summer and it seems that £44million would get the deal done.
That might seem cheap for a world-class defender, given some of the prices that have been paid recently.
However, it looks like Pochettino knows exactly what he’s doing.
Alderweireld has struggled for fitness this season and he’s now being managed carefully to ensure that he’s fit for the summer.
Another big setback could mean that he wouldn’t be sold this summer, or at the very least that he would go at a knockdown price.
Tottenham have Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez as the centre-back pairing this season.
But behind the scenes, Pochettino is preparing Alderweireld’s long-term replacement – and he didn’t even cost half the £44million they might get for their centre-back.
£12million man Juan Foyth hasn’t been seen much – a few cup outings this season have given Tottenham fans glimpses of the mystery man.
And while some fans have been questioning why Spurs paid so much for someone they’re not playing, it seems that Pochettino has a masterplan.
Football London reported Pochettino is working particularly closely with Juan Foyth this week with most of his stars away on international duty.
Pochettino is a huge fan of young centre-back Juan Foyth and the report claims that he could be unleashed in the Premier League soon.
“Juan is 20 now and a great talent. He only needs time to adapt himself to the Premier League. He is going to surprise many people. Juan is a great kid with a lot of quality to become one of the fantastic centre-backs in the Premier League and Europe too,” Pochettino said.
Pochettino has tipped Foyth to be one of the best enforcers in the Premier League and in Europe.
That’s heady praise and proof that he’s being groomed to be Alderweireld’s long-term replacement.
Fans might be sorry to see Toby go, but it’s another astute bit of business from the manager and Daniel Levy.