Tottenham 'willing to let Toby Alderweireld leave in the summer'

2018-02-23 09:42:17

Tottenham are willing to sell top defender Toby Alderweireld in the summer, according to reports.

The Belgian centre-back’s future at Spurs has been in doubt for some time after talks over a new contract stalled.

And, according to The Times, those negotiations have now hit a brick wall and the club are ready to cash in when the transfer window opens.

Alderweireld, who turns 29 on March 2, currently earns £50,000-a-week at the north London club and is said to be refusing to budge on his £150,000-a-week wage demands.

It has proven a stumbling block for Spurs, who are not willing to sign off on the deal for a player of his age.

The club reportedly made a final offer of £110,000-a-week, but the defender turned it down.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to be in full support of the decision, with the club keen to avoid upsetting other players, even though it means he could lose his best defensive star in the summer.

Manchester United and Real Madrid have been linked with an interest in Alderweireld, who signed a five-year deal with Spurs when he arrived from Atletico Madrid for £11.5million in 2015.

He has since developed into one of the Premier League’s best centre-backs and Tottenham are sure to demand a huge fee for the Belgian, likely to rival the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January.

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