Toby Alderweireld looks set to stay at Tottenham as no club have matched his £25m release clause before Friday’s deadline. According to Anthony Chapman of The Sun, Spurs are planning to raise his asking price to £40m when the clause expires.
As things stand, no club in Europe have stumped up £25m to sign Alderweireld, so why would Daniel Levy risk pricing out potential suitors? The 30-year-old could be on his way out of Tottenham for nothing in 2020 unless he signs a new deal or is sold this summer, so it’s in Spurs’ best interest to keep suitors interested.
Levy is clearly happy to sell Alderweireld for the right price, but why is he valuing the Belgian international so highly? The Tottenham man is a fantastic defender, but the next contract he signs could be his last and he will be a free agent in less than 12 months too. His value will surely shoot down in a matter of months.
Alderweireld would be the fifth most-expensive centre-back in the Premier League if he left Tottenham for £40m. The most a 30-year-old central defender has gone for is £14.4m – Sokratis to Arsenal in 2018/19 – so Levy would be making a mistake trying to get so much money out of the Belgian.