The Mail say the club have held a further round of talks with Toby Alderweireld in an attempt to resolve the impasse over his new contract.
An article in the paper says the two parties have re-opened discussions with the club keen to renegotiate the key defender’s contract.
However it says there is no agreement in place yet, but lines of communication between parties remains open.
It goes on to say there are genuine concerns that we could be forced to sell Alderweireld this summer if an agreement isn’t reached due to a complex clause in his contract, adding that Alderweireld’s current deal expires in the summer of 2019, but We do have the option of extending his deal by a further 12 months.
It adds though that triggering it would activate a release clause in Alderweireld’s contract allowing him to leave for £25million, paltry in today’s fee climate, in the summer transfer window immediately after the clause was activated.
It goes on to say the former Atletico Madrid defender earns £50,000-per-week – a low amount in relation to players of his quality in the Premier League and at the age of 28, Alderweireld knows this could be the last big contract of his career and is looking for a deal considerably north of the our current £110,000-per-week wage ceiling.
It will be quite interesting when Toby is fit to return. We have reverted successfully to four at the back and Sanchez and Vertonghen have developed a strong partnership. So do we go back to three at the back to accommodate Toby?, and by doing that one of Son, Alli and Eriksen would have to be dropped. Do you change a winning formula? Let us know your thoughts
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