Date: 25th November 2018 at 8:00am
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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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3 Replies to “Explained: How Tottenham risk activating ‘bargain release clause’ for Toby Alderweireld”

  • So Spurs are going to damage themselves by selling one of their most influential and premier defenders in the January transfer window to an apponent who’s also in the hunt for a Champions league spot are they? Let’s throw Alderweirlds stalemate in contract progression down to Levy’s media driven penny pinching hard man antics into the mix for good measure to make up a story. Grow up.

    • before January make him happy with his wage demands and give him a new deal with new release clause of 50 million..

      and if he starts to play well and take epl title this season.. many giant clubs will think of buying alderweireld as replacement

      .so that we will start to receive many offers for alderweireld.. in next summer, if we keep him now.. so that we will be able to buy perfect replacement more easily.. better than selling him for just
      25 million..

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