Tottenham would seriously struggle to Toby Alderweireld if he is sold this summer.
That is according to former Premier League striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested big-money deals may not be enough to entice top players to north London.
As reported by Belgian outlet Voetbal 24, Club Brugge have made initial contact over a “significant” transfer deal for Alderweireld.
It is said Brugge are waiting for the 32-year-old to decide where his future lies after he signed a contract until 2023 back in 2019.
Alderweireld may not be the only Spurs star set for the exit, with Dele Alli’s asking price slashed ahead of the summer window.
Whelan admitted Tottenham would have to spend big to have any chance of replacing their big names this summer.
However, he suggested money might not be enough after their struggles this term.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “It looks fairly worrying for Tottenham.
“When you think about the players who might not be there at the end of the season: Dele Alli, Harry Kane, (Heung-min) Son, Alderweireld.
“Where do you replace these players? It’s actually really scary as a Tottenham fan. They’ve got real problems at centre-half.
“Sanchez is not working and Dier has been very inconsistent. Alderweireld has been there as part of the furniture and fixings for a long, long time now.
“However, if you lose a big, big player like that, you’re going to have to pay millions. Millions of pounds.
“I’m not sure whether they can because they’re not going to entice players of that calibre.”