Ajax interest gives Tottenham chance to avoid selling Toby Alderweireld to rivals
Tottenham may finally have found a way to avoid allowing defensive stalwart Toby Alderweireld to join top four rivals Manchester United in the summer, despite reports from the Mirror that the Red Devils would activate a £26 million release clause.
FOX Sports claim that Ajax are interested in bringing the central defender back to his former club, who he left in 2013 to join Atletico Madrid before heading to join Southampton in the Premier League.
Whilst it would be an ambitious approach from the Dutch club, and perhaps one unlikely to take place this summer, they may have money to spend following the sale of Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona.
That could mean that Tottenham could be prepared to negotiate a deal to allow the 30-year-old to depart for a side which is not in direct competition domestically.
With the release clause in his contract only coming into force in the final 14 days of the transfer market, the onus may be on the club to try to sell the defender early if he is keen to leave, and Ajax may present the ideal opportunity to do so.
However, with the likes of United interested, Alderweireld may feel that now is not the time for a return home to Amsterdam. There is clearly work to be done for a potential deal to take place, but Tottenham may consider encouraging it as much as possible.