Spurs demanding £75m for star man

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Toby Alderweireld

A Daily Mirror article says that Spurs have opened negotiations with Manchester United Toby Alderweireld with Daniel Levy demanding as much as £75m for the 29 year-old.

It describes how Jose Mourinho has targeted the Belgium international defender as part of the defensive shake up he is planning at Old Trafford this summer.

The World Cup bound centre half will be out of contract in 2020 and has failed to reach agreement with Tottenham over a new deal and as such next summer, he would able to leave for just £22m because of a clause in his contract

It adds that now Spurs are willing to listen to offers for him in this window when he’d command a far higher price with it initially believed the club would accept around £55m for Alderweireld, but chairman Daniel Levy, known to be a tough negotiator, is believed to be seeking closer to the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for fellow centre-back Virgil van Dijk in January.

Toby moved to Spurs from Atletico Madrid in July 2015 for £11.5m, after an impressive season on loan at Southampton.

He was a star man at back helping the club create best defensive record in the Premier League in each of the next two seasons but injuries have affected his most recent campaign

However the article goes on to say that Spurs still believe they are within their rights to argue he is widely regarded as the best defender in the Premier League.

It adds that Alderweireld is set to be one of a number of players set to leave the club this summer with Toby’s fellow Belgian Mousa Dembele, who turns 31 in July, is also set to depart.

Tom De Mul, Dembele’s agent, has confirmed he is currently entertaining offers with just a year left on his contract.De Mul said: “For the time being, Mousa does not sign.Mousa has another one year contract with Tottenham. He has played a fantastic season and there is a lot going on around him.

De Mul added: “There is a lot of interest inside and outside of Europe, we are waiting for the World Cup and I hope he plays in Russia, because he deserves that after such a peak season.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. They can both fuck off and quickly if the rumours are true. Alderweireld’s best season was 2 years ago and he sure as hell wasnt missed this past season and does anyone remember the last tim Dembele played a full season let alone score a goal. Both are coming to the end of their careers and Levy should get as much as he can for the pair. Incidentally, why does every twat add “Levy is known to be a tough negotiator” every single time a player is sold? That is so agrivating. Is he the only chairman in the World that demands top dollar for his players?

  2. Alderweireld was badly missed this season and is possibly the best centre back we have ever had. Luckily Vertonghen has stepped up and been amazing this season. It is now difficult to say who is better.

    Alderweireld and Vertonghen are a dream defensive combination.

    Whoever gets Alderweireld next will be laughing. I just hope that it isn’t Man Utd. Spurs should try everything to keep him and if not, then sell him abroad, not to a rival under any circumstances.

  3. Alderweireld most certainly isn’t the best centre back Spurs have ever had Matt. Your comment suggests that you’re a very young Spurs supporter and hadn’t see Ledley King play. That man in his prime who in my opinion was the best and sad to say but the traitor Sol Campbell also falls into that category. Neither of them took prisoners and more often than not, had centre forwards in their pockets. If Alderweireld does go to Manchester United, so what. At least he isn’t our super star striker. I’m sure the older Spurs supporters than I will say Maurice Norman and they just like you will believe they had the privilege of watching the best centre back.

  4. Alderweireld badly missed last season my arse. Matt, as for him being possibly the best centre back to ever play for Spurs is laughable and suggests that you’re a young Spurs fan. Those of us who saw Lesley King play even with a dodgy knee, will tell you that Alderweireld doesn’t come anywhere near him by comparison. I also have to say through gritted teeth that Sol Campbell was also head and shoulders above Alderweireld. More often than not, both King and Campbell, ate center forwards for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even Tierry Henry is quoted as saying that Ledley King was the toughest centre back he’s ever played against.
    Also interestingly, Alderweireld plays at right back for Belgium not centre back. That combination is Kompany and Vermalen with Vertonghen at Left back. Alderweireld is no loss to us and he most definitely wasn’t missed last season.

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