Tottenham are ready to sell star defender Toby Alderweireld in the summer as contract negotiations have failed to make any progress, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that neither the club or the player are willing to budge over talks for a new deal, with Spurs unwilling to bend to his demands of a wage in excess of the £110,000-a-week cap that they have in place at the club.
With his reported £50,000-a-week deal set to expire in 2019, the Belgian centre back is said to be willing to bide his time, knowing that he is in the driving seat if Spurs want to keep a hold of him.
It was revealed that Spurs have a clause in his current contract which could see them extend the current terms by a year, but would then include a £25million release clause, with the Lilywhites knowing they could receive in excess of double that were they to sell the 28-year-old now.
It is said that Tottenham’s Premier League rivals Manchester City are ready to make a swoop for the defender, having held long term interest in securing his signature.
Football Insider verdict
Daniel Levy has some serious negotiating to do if he wants to keep a hold of one of Tottenham’s, and probably the world’s, best defenders. Alderweireld has proven himself to be a crucial part of the way Spurs operate and his absence in recent weeks has been notable. The thing is, do they stick or twist over his situation? They have time on their side for now, but a decision will have to be made about whether he is staying or going over the summer. In reality, it appears that Levy will have to break the bank to keep a hold of him, and even then they will have had to prove they are going to be challenging for titles. Currently 15 points off Manchester City, that might well be the toughest ask of all.
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