Date: 25th November 2018 at 8:00am
Written by: Alan Johnson

Tottenham are at risk of activating a ‘bargain release clause’ for Toby Alderweireld if they trigger an automatic one-year extension on his contract, reports The Sun. The Belgian international is in the final year of his deal with Spurs and has an uncertain future as he’s no closer to agreeing new deal.

Tottenham can protect themselves from losing him next summer by triggering the extension but that will mean he’ll have a £25m release clause attached. Manchester United were reportedly willing to pay nearly twice that figure over the summer, so there’s a real risk that triggering the extension will lead to him leaving anyway.

Daniel Levy is known to be a tough negotiator who won’t waste money if he can help it, so it wouldn’t be a major surprise if Tottenham extend Alderweireld’s contract for 12 months just to ensure they get the most from his sale. The 29-year-old will leave at the end of this season otherwise, which puts a lot of pressure on Spurs to cash in when the January transfer window opens.

With United desperate for a new defender and struggling at the back this season, they may try to take the Belgian off Tottenham’s hands. How much they’ll have to pay and how long they’ll have to wait to procure his signature remains to be seen, however.

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