In spite of all the speculation on the transfer rumour mill about Toby Alderweireld’s potential departure this summer, despite the regularly regurgitated links to Manchester United and Serie A side Roma, the expiry of the £25million release fee has come to pass.
With next Thursday seeing the deadline day rat race for late deals, it looks like the 30-year-old Belgian international will be staying with us and from what we’ve seen in pre-season so far, he hardly appears unhappy with that idea.
Roma have been linked before and there was even talk that he’d already accepted terms with them, and despite the release clause expiring, those claims have been repeated.
Outlet Ill Messaggero are the latest to rehash the claims and they rubbish suggestions that we’ve placed a £40million fee on his head, instead seeming to suggest that a deal could go through at the £25-27million range and repeating that Roma have an ‘understanding’ with Alderweireld.
If anything though, the only fresh update to this is they lean heavily on Mauricio Pochettino’s recent words when it came to transfer dealings, and they seem to interpret that in their own way to suggest that Levy is the stumbling block here, suggesting Poch is happy to see him leave, which I’m not sure I quite believe.
We’re into ‘put up or shut up’ territory now with the window, so the nonsense should soon come to an end.