New Tottenham offer tabled to Alderweireld, report outlines the two parties stances as hope emerges
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Toby Alderweireld has posted some anodyne Twitter messages in recent weeks.
You know, the usual guff about looking forward to the next game, or celebrating a win with a few scripted words and emojis.
In the carefully managed PR world of modern Premier League footballers, there is little in the way of insight or anything interesting.
But that does not stop Tottenham supporters responding in their droves – and we mean proper serious numbers – to every post from the player with ‘sign da ting’, the phrase made famous by a You Tube song when Theo Walcott was in extensive contract negotiations.
All Spurs supporters want is for their premier defender to extend his contract beyond the summer of 2019 and end the stalemate that has ignited intense speculation about his future.
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Wednesday’s Champions League heartbreak showed how close Tottenham are to dining at Europe’s very top table and Alderweireld is one of the few players in the Premier League capable of helping them make the short climb needed.
The Sun now report that Tottenham have tabled a new offer to the Belgium international of £110,000-per-week plus bonuses.
It is said that Alderweireld “is seeking closer to £140,000-a-week” and that a summer exit is on the cards because a clause in his current agreement means he will be available for £25million in 2019.
Moreover, Manchester United are now increasingly confident they can prise the centre-back from Spurs in the forthcoming transfer window.
Yet, flip this on the head for one minute and it seems that an agreement between Tottenham and Alderweireld is getting closer.
Should the figures be correct, the difference is now £30,000-a-week, or £1.5million a year.
For a club with a £250million turnover, that is not an astronomical amount.
Sure, Spurs have a tight wage structure and cannot compete with the salaries on offer at the Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea, but a deal can surely be done here.
If Alderweireld really wants to stay, and Tottenham really want to keep him, and the two parties are genuinely singing from the same hymn sheet, this new report can be interpreted positively by supporters.
There is new hope that Toby will sign da ting.