Tottenham are considering the sale of Toby Alderweireld this summer following another breakdown in contract talks, according to the Times.
Negotiations over a new deal have been dragging on for some time, with Alderweireld apparently keen to earn similar wages to the Premier League’s best centre-backs.
The defender is believed to currently earn around £50,000-a-week – Harry Kane is the club’s top earner on £110,000-a-week.
The Times claims Spurs have offered Alderweireld £110,000-a-week plus bonuses, but the Belgian wants a basic weekly salary of £150,000.
Tottenham are apparently unwilling to meet those demands, and as a result Alderweireld could be sold at the end of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino is thought to have backed the club’s decision and would be happy to spend the money on new recruits.
For me, selling Alderweireld would be a mistake. He has had injury and form issues this season, but Spurs are a better side defensively when he is fit and in the line-up.
The club is in a difficult position. Agreeing to Alderweireld’s contract demands could affect the happiness of his teammates given their comparatively low wages.
Then again, selling the Belgian may also affect the squad’s mentality – letting key players go decreases the chances of silverware.
Tottenham must avoid selling Alderweireld to a Premier League rival. If the 28-year-old is definitely going to be sold, let’s hope there is interest from abroad.