Date: 31st July 2019 at 8:30am
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Toby Alderweireld looks unlikely to leave Tottenham after his minimum fee release clause expired without a club matching the £25m asking price. Far from being disappointed, the 30-year-old admitted he’s happy to stay for another year and is solely focused on doing well for Spurs.

AS Roma aren’t giving up on signing Alderweireld, however. Despite having a previous bid rejected by Tottenham, Il Messagero (h/t Sport Witness) say the Serie A giants have made another offer for the Belgian international that the Lilywhites are ‘evaluating’.

It’s hard to see Spurs entertaining any bid, however, as Alderweireld is a vital part of the defence. The 30-year-old has featured heavily in pre-season, racking up 45 minutes against Juventus (July 21), 45 minutes against Manchester United (July 25) and another 45 minutes against Real Madrid (July 30), and is one of the first names on the teamsheet under Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham would rather retain his services for 12 months and lose him for free in 2020 than cash in early, such is the difficulty in replacing him. Signing a new centre-back appeared to be on the agenda this summer, but Yerry Mina, Juan Foyth and Eric Dier may be deemed as enough cover now Alderweireld is staying.

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3 Replies to “Explained: What’s the latest on Toby Alderweireld?”

  • Its not as if Spurs or the player have made a choice, if no one wants to buy him he can’t leave. I’m not sure the club will actually look for a replacement. With Sanchez and Foyth already in the squad and now seemingly Japhet Tanganga beginning to knock on the door there are probably better areas of the team to spend money on. Having Toby for another year should work out well.

  • Have I missed something, when did Everton sell Yerry Mina to THFC?
    A point worth mentioning is the fact that even if another club did meet the buyout of £25M, Alderweireld still has the choice of turning them down because he doesn’t have to leave and Spurs cant make him leave. The player has a legally binding contract and isn’t pushing for a move. The deadhead pundits and the no class urchins in the media like to stuff it down our throats that Spurs run the risk of letting Alderweireld go for fack all when his contract expires in 2020 and as usual, make up all kinds of stories about the situation. No wonder Pochettino is frustrated by the constant questions about his players and position within the club. He’s an easy target for the media.

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