It’s not a secret that Chelsea wanted to sign Toby Alderweireld in 2015, while he was on loan at Southampton. However, the Belgian opted to move to Tottenham and the case was closed.
2 years later and Toby has finally realised that he’s too good a player for Tottenham and is instead looking for a move to a big club who can afford his wages.
Here’s what media publications are reporting on the matter:
‘Toby Alderweireld says Tottenham Hotspur are yet to offer him a new contract to keep him at the club, with his current deal – signed upon his arrival from Atletico Madrid two years ago – set to expire in 2019.
‘Premier League champions Chelsea and Manchester City are said to be closely monitoring his contract situation, with Alderweireld’s agent recently claiming “seven or eight” sides in Europe were interested in his client, and that Tottenham must offer him improved terms if they wish to keep the player.
“When you look at Toby’s statistics, they are impressive. Either he deserves an appropriate contract, or else he should be given a transfer,” Alderweireld’s agent Stijn Francis said. “There are not many central defenders around who can play like he can. But these clubs will have to negotiate with Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy.”
‘Alderweireld is currently with the Belgium national team as they look to finish their successful 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a flourish. But when asked about if he had been made an offer by Spurs, he told Sky Sports News: “No, like I said, I am focused on football. The rest, I don’t know, we will see about that.”
According to reports, Toby Alderweireld earns around 50K per week at North London which seems to be half of what he actually deserves, being on of the best Defenders in the Premier League. In that respect, his agent is right to cause a bit of fuss in the transfer market.
However, dealing with Daniel Levy is always a tricky case, and even if Toby decides to move away from Spurs, the negotiations could drag on forever. Considering, Gary Cahill is soon to be 32 (Luiz is already 30), a Defender like Toby will surely strengthen our back 3.
Is it a negotiating tactic or there’s something in this story? There’s surely some credibility to this news as the agent has himself given interviews on this matter.
We must keep a close eye on this transfer rumour because this one is sure to cause a few ripples by the next summer window when things will become more clear.
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