Manchester City target third Tottenham defender after two rejected contract offers

Manchester City are said to be growing confident over a deal for Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker, but another of Mauricio Pochettino’s solid backline is being targeted according to The Times.

Toby Alderweireld is stalling on a new contract with Spurs because he is insisting on a release clause in any new deal, and that has alerted Manchester City, who have also been linked with Walker and fellow full-back, Danny Rose.

Gary Jacobs of The Times claims that after twice rejecting a contract, the representatives of 28-year-old Alderweireld have held no further talks with the club, amid interest from Pep Guardiola’s City.

Spurs do have the option to extend Alderweireld’s contract by a further season beyond 2019, but should they trigger that option, he has the right to to insert a €30 million (£25.3 million) release clause. The Belgium international is demanding this clause is added to any new deal, but Spurs have so far refused.

Having conceded just 22 goals all season, Tottenham’s defence is the best in the league so it should come as no surprise that Guardiola has his eyes on Alderweireld, Walker and Rose. Spurs chief Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator and the chances of extracting all three from the North London side are close to zero, but with Walker wanting to leave and Alderweireld involved in a contract wrangle, City bosses may fancy their chances of luring one or two to the Etihad Stadium.

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