Date: 15th July 2019 at 8:16am
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AS Roma have been showing an interest in Toby Alderweireld and recently lodged a bid to sign the £80k-per-week Tottenham defender. However, the Giallorossi’s offer has been knocked back as it doesn’t come close to what Spurs are requesting. Their contract offer to Alderweireld doesn’t appear to be enticing enough to convince him away from London either.

According to Italian outlet Il Tempo (h/t The Sun), Roma offered £20m for the 30-year-old – 20% lower than his release clause – and were willing to pay Alderweireld £3.15m-a-year, which is 24% less than his current £4.16m-a-year contract. Why Roma thought Tottenham and Alderweireld would be happy with such an offer remains to be seen, but they risk losing out on the defender if they don’t meet Daniel Levy’s demands quickly.

Alderweireld’s £25m release clause will be removed two weeks before the end of the summer transfer window – Thursday, July 25. That gives them 10 days to pay the fee and agree personal terms. It also remains to be seen if Alderweireld wants a move to the Stadio Olimpico. Roma haven’t picked up silverware since 2008’s Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana triumph and won’t be in the Champions League next season.

Tottenham, by comparison, were in the final just weeks ago. Time will tell if Roma make any progress with their pursuit of Alderweireld.

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