Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent believes that the club will sell centre-half Toby Alderweireld this summer, but he’s claimed that we continue to have all the power when it comes to the Belgian internationals future.
With fans being fully aware that when we kicked in his 12 month contract extension it opened up a £25million release fee that exists until the final two weeks of the summer transfer window, and the days are counting down but despite all the heavy speculation surrounding the 30-year-old, no firm offers are in yet for his services.
Fans are naturally, eagerly awaiting an announcement that he has signed a fresh extension especially after we made progress on that front with new deals for Harry Winks and Ben Davies recently and as per the above link, there was some unconfirmed talk that a two year deal remained on the table.
Speaking to Football Insider recently though, Bent had a different take on things and believed that with the options we have at the club, there will be no panic at all about losing the influential defender this summer.
“For me, looking at it from an outside perspective, he’s looking at his squad now going, ‘right, Toby Alderweireld up for negotiation, I think I’ll let him go because he’s older now and we’ve got Davidson Sanchez there, Vertonghen is there, Juan Foyth another one – cover in that
perspective’. So I think if Daniel Levy is looking at the situation, if Toby Alderweireld wants to go, let him go. I don’t think he’s backed into a corner, I think he knows exactly what he’s doing and he’s in as strong a position as ever.”
In some ways, given the release fee, you’d have expected a deal to be done already and the longer this goes on, the more likely it seems Alderweireld will simply stay and sign a new deal. Could Levy and manager Mauricio Pochettino have simply banked on interest not being as strong as was initially claimed?