Tottenham are perhaps in the most crucial phase of their existence. The club recently played their first Champions League final against Liverpool and lost. The club now faces the tough task of building up on this run by reinforcing the team’s weaknesses. Toby Alderweireld’s transfer will decide who plays as a centre-back next season for Spurs.
It’s not just the existing gaps in the squad but some players will also leave Spurs in the summer window. One of them is certainly going to be Christian Eriksen, waiting on an offer from Real Madrid. Eriksen has already upset Daniel Levy by his statements and may find himself out of Spurs sooner rather than later.
Expert on Belgian transfers speaks about Alderweireld’s transfer
Kristof Terreur is a man who is always well informed on Belgian players and guess what! Alderweireld is as Belgian as it gets. So the Belgian oracle has spoken and he thinks that Toby Alderweireld’s transfer to any big club will depend on what happens with Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt this summer.
“Currently nobody has triggered his release clause and at the moment I think a lot will depend on where De Ligt is moving to because lots of top clubs are looking for a top central defender.”‘
-Kristof Terreur via DailyStar
de Ligt is said to be favouring a move to Barcelona but lately, PSG have taken the lead in his pursuit. Terreur says Juventus are also looking for a top class centre-back along with Barcelona and PSG. If PSG get de Ligt, it would create a situation where both Barcelona and Juventus want a world-class centre-back. This scenario could ‘spur’ Alderweireld’s transfer to one of those clubs.
In a nutshell, the Belgian is not the first choice for any of the biggest European clubs. At 30, he’s more like the go to guy you will get in case you miss on the primary target. If a bid comes in for him this summer, it will have to meet the £25 million release clause in his newly extended contract. Oh, this new contract runs out in the summer of 2020, when he could move for free.
Alderweireld’s transfer should not be much of an issue since the club are well stacked in that department with Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth and Jan Vertonghen. There are also players returning from loans who play as a central defender.