By Harry Sykes
Tottenham have suffered a blow in their bid to tie defender Toby Alderweireld to a new contract, according to a report.
The Mail claim talks over a new contract have hit a stalemate and there is no sign of an agreement for one of the team’s key players.
It said the lines of communication between the Belgian centre-back, 28, and club officials “remains open” but it is “unclear when discussions will recommence”.
The Mail report that Alderweireld is holding out for a massive upgrade on his current £50,000-a-week contract, which has two more years remaining plus an option for a further 12 months.
His advisors are seeking parity with Spurs’ top-earners Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, who are both on £110,000-per-week.
Intriguingly, even that may not be enough to keep the ex-Atletico Madrid man, who knows he could earn much more elsewhere as Manchester City lead his list of admirers.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs fans about to welcome new signing Davinson Sanchez will now fear that he is joining to replace Alderweireld rather than play alongside him. The Belgian’s status as one of the Premier League’s outstanding centre-backs is unquestionable. Indeed, many White Hart Lane regulars regard him as not only on a par with Ledley King but on an ever higher plane. That is about as high praise as he can get. What is for sure, he is irreplaceable and chairman Daniel Levy must push the boat out to ensure he stays, even if that means making him their best-paid player.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are to finalise a £45million-valued signing today after terms agreed.