Tottenham would be foolish to sell this first-team star this summer

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Dom Le Roy

Last summer, Spurs fans may have been resigned to losing Toby Alderweireld to the likes of Manchester United (Mirror), but no deal ever emerged.

This allowed Tottenham to extend Alderweireld’s deal during last season, seeing his current contract now run until the summer of 2020.

However, this also activated a clause in said contract that could allow Toby to leave the club for just £25m this summer (Guardian).

All indications point towards that happening, as Sky Sports reported last week that Spurs were in talks with Roma over a deal.

Fresh reports then reinforced this rumour, stating that Spurs would try to get a cash plus player deal over the line for Alderweireld plus £36m in return for Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo (Calcio Mercato).

While this would be a fantastic use of a player who would only leave on a free transfer next year anyway, I am praying it doesn’t come off.

If I was confident that Spurs would invest in a new central defender, then I wouldn’t mind, but I have a feeling that they wouldn’t.

In my opinion, Spurs would be significantly weaker at the back if they sold Toby now, even if they promoted Dier, Sanchez, or Foyth into the starting XI.

For me, this summer is a chance to reinvest in the squad and I would rather get one more season out of Alderweireld to progress as a team, even if it means risking losing him next summer for nothing.

Bringing a winger in when we have Moura and Son, and not replacing an outgoing central defender seems like madness to me.

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