Tottenham Hotspur defender, Toby Alderweireld, has been one of the highest performing centre-backs in the Premier League ever since joining Southampton on loan from Atletico Madrid back in 2014 (Daily Mail).
The Belgian brick wall has formed a titanic partnership with his fellow countryman and ex-Ajax buddy Jan Vertonghen in North London ever since joining.
Spurs will not want to split up one of the best defensive duos in world football, but both players have just a year left on their respective contracts.
When Toby’s deal was extended back in early 2019, Tottenham also triggered a clause that could allow him to leave the club for just £25m this summer (Guardian).
Sky Sports report that Roma are interested in taking advantage of such a release clause, but why would Alderweireld want to move there?
On paper, Roma are not in the Champions League, Seria A is less high-profile than the Prem, Spurs just made the CL Final, and Tottenham could surely offer higher wages.
However, it could all come down to something called the ‘Beckham law’. David Beckham joined Real Madrid in 2003, and two years later Spain passed a new law that allowed foreign nationals to pay far less tax, helping Spanish teams to convince the best players to join (Football London).
Marca now claim that Italy are following suit, with tax rates set to be reduced from 44% to 15% in the South, where Roma are technically based.
This would see Alderweireld rake in a whole lot more of his weekly wage. In comparison, MoneyWise claim that Pogba would have been taxed 47% on his wages last season.
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