Manchester United and Roma remain interested in signing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld even though he is no longer available for £25 million, according to reports in Italy.
Alderweireld’s £25 million release clause expired last week, meaning clubs can no longer sign him fo a cut-price fee. The Belgian has one year left on his contract and the Sun believes Spurs now want £40 million if they are to sell him before the transfer deadline.
Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport claims Roma have already made a ‘good offer’ to Alderweireld. However, that offer is said to be €3 million a year, which works out at around £52,000 a week – surely that’s not much better than he currently earns at Tottenham.
The whole reason Spurs have been unable to agree terms on a new deal with Alderweireld is his wage demands, so it would be a surprise if he agreed to that salary with Roma.
That might be where Manchester United come in. Gazzetta’s report goes on to say the Red Devils will be in pole position to sign Alderweireld if they make their interest known before the transfer window closes on August 8th.
If he does leave, Alderweireld’s new club will probably be criticised for failing to act before his release clause expired. Tottenham will be happy with the increased fee but they will be losing one of the Premier League’s best defenders.
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