Report claims Spurs were gutted that Prem rival did not sign one of their star players

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Toby Alderweireld
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The Spurs hierarchy was apparently gutted that Manchester United didn’t choose to activate Toby Alderweireld’s £25 million release clause earlier this summer (Express).

With Alderweireld able to walk away for free next year, Spurs apparently wanted to cash in while they could, even if that meant him going to a rival.

Manchester United were heavily linked with Alderweireld last summer, with Jose Mourinho apparently a big fan of the centre back (Metro).

Ole Gunnar Solskjær reportedly wants to sign young hungry players and has told Ed Woodward he doesn’t want Alderweireld (Telegraph).

Alderweireld had a fantastic season last year and was crucial to Spurs reaching the Champions League final. Because of this, many Spurs fans would have surely been convinced that his £25 million release clause would have been met quickly.

However, Manchester United decided to sign Harry Maguire for £80 million instead of Alderweireld (BBC). This means that it is very likely that he will leave on a free transfer next season unless Daniel Levy is able to convince him to sign a new contract.

Spurs Web Opinion

Losing Alderweireld to Manchester United would have been awful. I can’t understand why the Spurs bosses would be gutted that a rival didn’t take one of their best defenders. I’d rather have Toby for another season than have him go for £25 million to a rival.

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