Manchester City could look to Tottenham for the second year running to boost their defensive ranks next summer, with the North London club in danger of losing defender Toby Alderweireld.
According to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, Spurs remain steadfast in their refusal to relax their strict wage structure, meaning talks with 28-year-old Alderweireld remain at a stalemate.
The Belgian earns £50,000-per-week, a modest amount in the context of the Premier League, particularly for a player of his quality, and he is looking for a deal that would surpass the club’s £110,000-per-week wage ceiling.
Spurs have no immediate need to sell Alderweireld, because his contract expires in 2019, but next summer may be their final chance to extract a big fee for him – much like they did when they sold Kyle Walker to Man City last summer.
Tottenham do have the option to extend the player’s contract by a year, but that would also activate a £25million release clause, certainly less than they could get for him in the summer transfer window.
And it is City who are named by the Daily Mail as being a long-term admirer of the classy centre-back, who has the type of profile Pep Guardiola admires.
City have John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, but Vincent Kompany’s fitness is a constant concern and Eliaquim Mangala is not viewed as an ideal Guardiola defender. Alderweireld would bring experience and added quality to a position that Guardiola has identified as one for improvement.
Both West Brom’s Jonny Evans and Iñigo Martínez of Real Sociedad are being linked with a switch to the Etihad, but if the club is given encouragement, they would surely see Alderweireld as a superior option.
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