Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino recently confirmed that the club will take up the option to extend Toby Alderwiereld’s contract by one year, which will see the player contracted to the club till 2020.
However, the option also activates a release clause whereby Alderweireld would be free to leave the club next summer for an offer of £25 million. The Belgian is into his 4th season with the club and has established himself as one of the most reliable defenders in the Premier League.
So, naturally, the news of Tottenham taking up the extension option in his contract has alerted many clubs across Europe as £25 million for a player of Alderweiereld’s quality represents great value.
According to the Telegraph, one of the clubs showing an interest in signing the 29-year-old are French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The publication claim that PSG are interested in singing the defender in the summer and are prepared to offer full back Thomas Meunier to Spurs in return to sweeten the deal. However, with the likes of Trippier, Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters already at the club, it appears unlikely that Spurs would want to sign Meunier.
After contract negotiations between Alderweireld and the club broke down, the defender was restricted to just 14 league appearances last season. In stark contrast, Pochettino has opted to start with the 29-year-old in almost all of Tottenham games this season.
Spurs fans will be hoping the club can somehow come to an agreement with the Belgian as replacing a player of Alderweireld’s quality won’t be easy.
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