Spurs defender top of Man City’s shopping list

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The transfer window may have just slammed shut, but that doesn’t stop the newspapers from attempting to unsettle the Tottenham Hotspur players.

According to the Sun on Sunday, Manchester City have targeted Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld as a long-term successor to the injury-prone Vincent Kompany.

City boss Pepe Guardiola was in the market for a new central defender during the summer transfer window and tried to bring in West Brom’s Jonny Evans.

Kompany only managed to appear in 11 Premier League games last season and missed their 5-0 win against Liverpool after picking up a calf strain on international duty with Belgium.

His fellow compatriot, Alderweireld has two years to run on his existing deal at Spurs with the option of a third year. Boss Mauricio Pochettino even spoke to the media this week to insist that Alderweireld is happy at the club and his contract is not causing a concern.

There has been talk that Alderweireld’s advisors wanted a release clause inserted into a new contract at a measly £25.3million in today’s market which has caused a stumbling block for Tottenham chiefs.

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  1. The Sun at it again. As the season progresses, the same paper will continue to sell off Spurs players in their pages. The sheep will lazily follow their lead. Whether the team is successful or not, the nonces in the low class press will do their upmost to unsettle all the players and that includes the new arrivals. The recurrent theme will be higher wages elsewhere.

    • You are right that the recurrent theme will be wages.

      Personally, I believe the journos are the puppets, or, at best, willing/paid collaborators. The puppet-masters are high up in the wealthiest clubs in football. Determined to have any player they want, and prepared to use any means at their disposal. I call the current method the Iberian Technique because that is where it was first perfected. It involves getting a name linked with a club in the press a significant amount of time before any attempted bid, and then letting the media ratchet up the pressure on club and player as a softening up process, prior to any (often low-ball) bid. One of the preferred means of making the link is to state in the negative that they "would" want a player. Guardiola and Mourinho both used it within a week of one another last season, with Spurs involved in a title fight. They will say something like "I don't think they will be available, but…" or "I don't think Spurs will sell…." It publicly let's the player know that their club want him, without actually saint anything that definitively breaks regulations on tapping up.

  2. What will be will be! paper talk or not our views mean nothing in the long run. End of the day Ian you don’t agree with the post yet you still commented! And S-P we are football fans and don’t need to know the ins and outs of journalism


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