Why Tottenham must break the bank to ensure this 28-year-old signs
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Tottenham have made a massive statement of intent this season by tying down a host of their key players to new long-term deals.
The likes of Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen have all signed extended deals with the north London club – and defender Toby Alderweireld is next on the list.
However, a new deal for the Belgium international appears to have hit a stumbling block, as it was reported by the Evening Standard that Alderweireld wants to join team-mates Kane and Lloris at the £100,000-per-week mark.
There is little reason to suggest that the 28-year-old is not looking to extend his stay with Tottenham, but the White Hart Lane chiefs must be careful not to go overboard with a hardball approach.
Alderweireld is one of Tottenham’s key players, and they should be doing all they can to ensure he commits his long term future to the club. If that means nearly doubling his £50,000-per-week wages, then so be it.
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They may be reluctant at first to give in to what they may believe to be excessive demands, but confidence will still be high that an agreement can be reached that satisfies both parties.
One of the key reasons for getting him to sign a new contract is to remove the reported £25million release clause that would become active in 2019.
That would be a real killer for Tottenham.
A number of top European sides would jump at the chance to land a defender of Alderweireld’s quality at a paltry £25million, particularly given the inflated transfer fees in today’s game.
Alderweireld has made 28 appearances for the Premier League club this term, and is one of the senior players in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad that holds the key to their future success.
Their tight defence has been key in securing what looks likely to be back-to-back top four finishes in the Premier League and Pochettino’s ambitions go further.
Alderweireld has been an instrumental figure in Tottenham’s rise as a potential title threat in the Premier League, while he will also have a major impact on the club’s European ambitions.
Therefore, Pochettino must do everything in his power to convince chairman Daniel Levy that the extra £50,000-a-week to keep Alderweireld happy, while also removing that release clause, is a decision that’s a no-brainer.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have jumped ahead of Arsenal in the race for the signature of this German midfield ace.