Manchester City and Chelsea continue to monitor the situation of Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld, who is not due to travel to Turin with Spurs for their Champions League tie with Juventus, The Telegraph reports.
Alderweireld, 28, will be left in England to work on his fitness after a spell on the sidelines, but having played 90 minutes against Newport County in the FA Cup last week, he was excluded from Tottenham’s squad for the North London derby against Arsenal despite declaring himself fit to play.
And it is claimed by Matt Law of The Telegraph that Alderweireld is unlikely to be happy at being left out of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad to face Juventus, something that could impact his future at the club.
The classy Belgian centre-half is yet to agree a new deal with Spurs and his current contract contains a one-year extension option, which is scheduled to activate in the summer of 2019. The drawback of this for Spurs is that it will include a very modest £25million release clause, which can be activated in the summer of 2019, if done so at least 14 days before the transfer window closes.
That puts Tottenham in a position where, if an agreement cannot be reached, they may consider selling Alderweireld in the summer to extract as big a fee as they can, with both Manchester City and Chelsea watching the situation.
The two Premier League giants are joined by Real Madrid, who are planning an expensive overhaul in the summer and could look to Alderweireld to strengthen their leaky defence.
City now have three high-quality centre-backs in Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones and club-record signing Aymeric Laporte, but Vincent Kompany’s fitness remains a permanent question mark, Eliaquim Mangala has no future at the club, and Tosin Adarabioyo has been used sparingly by Pep Guardiola.
Once Benjamin Mendy returns, giving Guardiola his ideal left wing-back, the Catalan tactician is expected to utilise a three-man defence more regularly to add more tactical diversity to the runaway Premier League leaders.
Was Pep to make a move for Alderweireld, it could become a similar scenario to that which saw Kyle Walker leave the London club for Manchester City last summer, resulting in a £50million deal after protracted negotiations.
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