Stained relationship between Tottenham and PL giants to kibosh mooted £40m transfer - report
By Richard Parks
Chelsea’s hopes of signing Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham this summer in a potential £40million deal are set to be kiboshed by the strained relationship between the two clubs, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Blues are one of the clubs keen to sign the Belgium international, along with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Manchester United.
It is said that Chelsea have showed an interest in capturing Alderweireld, but the poor boardroom relations between the north and west London clubs make such a deal a virtual non-starter.
The Telegraph report that Spurs may be tempted to sell the 29-year for around £40million this summer, rather than risk losing him for £25million in 12 months’ time because of a clause in his contract.
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There is a long history of boardroom animosity between Tottenham and Chelsea, dating back to when Frank Arnesen was poached by the Blues during the early days of Roman Abramovich’s reign. Daniel Levy is not a man who has forgiven, or forgotten, even though the Dane had mixed success after being placed in charge of recruitment at Stamford Bridge. Given Alderweireld’s credentials and pedigree, there are likely to be plenty of top-level suitors, and Spurs will not be relying upon Chelsea to set the auction price high. With our without the interest of the west London big spenders, Tottenham can get top dollar for a top talent.
In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed that the club have ripped up the contract of a defender.