Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Spurs centre-back Toby Alderweireld.
Arsenal, as well as Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea, are all keeping an eye on Alderweireld’s situation at Spurs, claim the Daily Mail.
The 28-year-old, who turns 29 next month, allegedly has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for just £25m if Spurs choose to extend his contract by a year. The Belgium international’s current deal runs out in June 2019.
Therefore, Arsenal’s north London rivals could choose to cash in during the summer, especially considering that he’s said to be demanding a considerable wage increase. Although, understandably, they’re ‘reluctant’ to sell to Arsenal.
At the moment, the Mail report that Alderweireld earns £50k-per-week but the centre-back allegedly wants £110k-per-week.
Arsenal do need a centre-back and Alderweireld has been a solid member of Spurs’ squad since he joined them from Atletico Madrid in 2015, but I really don’t see them ever selling to a domestic rival.
Without extending his contract, Spurs get to demand whatever they want for the defender, and, given the state of the current market, this could be around £50m. Virgil van Dijk was £75m for goodness sake.
Of course, this could all be a ploy from the player’s agent to pressure Spurs into coughing up Alderweireld’s wages.