Tottenham could be forced to sell Manchester United target Toby Alderweireld for £50m less than their asking price… all for the sake of £50,000 a week as the player is standing firm over his wage demands.
The potential transfer of Alderweireld to United has been one of the standout rumours from this summer’s transfer window, although the transfer saga involving the Belgian doesn’t seem as though it will slow down just yet.
According to the Mirror Tottenham value Alderweireld at up to £75m, although it is claimed that the centre back is willing to run down his contract until next summer when it expires. Spurs have the option to extend Alderweireld’s contract for a further year but that will trigger a £25m release clause.
The Mirror also claim that Alderweireld rejected Tottenham’s offer of £130,000 a week because he wanted an extra £50,000.
Old Trafford is said to be Alderweireld’s destination of choice, with The Mirror adding that he would reject a move elsewhere.
This is not the first time there is a furore over Alderweireld transferring teams. After his season-long loan at Southampton during the 2014/15 season Atletico Madrid sold Alderweireld to Spurs. This sparked complaints from Southampton who believed they were entitled to the first option in signing the Belgian on a permanent deal for a pre-agreed reduced price. According to Sky Sports Southampton could have signed Alderweireld for under £7m.
Although the opportunity of teaming up with fellow Belgians such as Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli was enough to entice Alderweireld into joining Spurs ahead of Southampton.
With just under a week left in the transfer window Spurs will be hoping to have a clearer idea on the defender’s future. Alderweireld has made 108 Premier League appearances for Spurs and the threat of losing such an important figure could have a detrimental impact on the team’s season.