Report: Pair remain keen on Spurs star despite missing deadline

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Dom Le Roy

Toby Alderweireld remains a Tottenham Hotspur player after no club decided to trigger his transfer release clause.

Spurs took up the option to extend the Belgian’s contract in January by twelve months after his existing deal was due to expire (Sky Sports).

The contract extension activated a clause which stated that he can leave for £25m this summer if a deal was agreed by July 26th (Telegraph) yet remarkably no potential suitor decided to make the most of the cut-price deal.

The Express claim that Spurs are likely to consider any bids which are still in the region of £25m, with chairman Daniel Levy unlikley to allow the 30-year-old to walk away from the club for free next year.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that both Roma and Manchester United remain interested in the former Ajax player despite the lapse of the transfer release clause.

Opinion

Alderweireld was a rock at the heart of the Spurs defence last season alongside Jan Vertonghen and his departure would represent a significant blow; however in today’s world of modern football, the risk of a player leaving the club for free is something which Levy is likely to mitigate.

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