Real Madrid to Chase Toby Alderweireld Amid Tottenham Contract Stand-off Rumours
Real Madrid are reportedly set to enter the race for Tottenham Hotspur‘s Toby Alderweireld amid rumours that talks between the north London club and the centre-back over a new contract "are close to breaking point."
According to John Cross in the Mirror, Alderweireld has a complex contract with Spurs that could be extended from 2019 to 2020, but only at the cost of a £25 million release clause being activated, which would be available for other clubs to meet at the end of next season.
Given that is more than affordable for the likes of Real, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, Spurs need to get him tied to new terms soon or cash-in on him this summer, when they will still be able to demand an adequately hefty fee.
Negotiations look to be at a standstill, though.
Belgium international Alderweireld—who is earning £50,000-per-week—is demanding a five-year contract worth way in excess of Spurs’ top wage bracket of £110,000-a-week. The Premier League club are not prepared to meet those terms, per Sami Mokbel in the Daily Mail.
Real would be able to meet the 28-year-old’s wage demands, and he could be a superb addition to Zinedine Zidane’s current squad.
Los Blancos beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday to put them in the driving seat in their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie and keep Real’s hopes alive of winning the tournament for a third consecutive season.
However, the Madrid giants are 17 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona and have long been out of the running in their attempt to successfully defend their Spanish title.
Their defence has looked weak this season, particularly at home, per Sport‘s Alejandro Alcazar.
The Madrid back line could do with revitalising, and Alderweireld may be the ideal candidate to add solidity given he has been one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League over the past three seasons.
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February 15, 2018 at 04:36AM