Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld’s time at the club could soon be coming to a close.
The Belgian centre-back has grown to be one of the best in the Premier League in his position in his time in north London, but reports on Friday suggest that Alderweireld could be sold by Tottenham this summer.
The Times have reported that a stand-off has formed between the player and his employers as they look to commit him to the club for the foreseeable future. Aldrerweireld is said to have demanded £150,000 – three times his current wage packet – but Spurs are highly reluctant to go above around £110,000 given their strict wage structure.
The 28-year-old’s current deal expires in 2019, though Tottenham do have the option of extending that by a further 12 months. However, the report also alleges that Alderweireld has a bizarre clause in his deal that allows him to leave for £25m in the final two weeks of the transfer window, some way below the £50m valuation that has been placed on his head.
Spurs have been placed in an awkward position regarding Alderweireld’s demands. Selling him seems the most likely option right now, but in doing so they will lose a key player. However, if they were to give in to his demands, it would ave far-reaching ramifications when it comes to negotiating contract extensions with other players in the future – including the likes of Christian Eriksen, who is also in talks at this moment in time.
If they were to make him available for sale, clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United are almost certain to firm up their interest.
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