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Alderweireld out, De Ligt in and £25m up would represent a Tottenham transfer masterstroke

Tottenham Hotspur look set to lose the Belgian this summer.

Mathew Nash

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It seems just a matter of time now before Tottenham Hotspur lose their Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old has rejected the club’s offer of a new contract, reported by the Mirror to be worth around £120k-a-week. Despite the doubling of is wages he is said to be unhappy at the length of any deal and now appears set to leave.

The Mirror report this morning that Spurs want a fee near the £75 million Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk. Tottenham still consider Alderweireld to be among the best defenders in the Premier League, despite an injury struck campaign. Therefore, a fee must match that paid for the Dutchman.

Spurs, according to the same report, have also identified the man they want to replace Alderweireld in North London. Once again they will apparently turn to Ajax. Following on from bringing Davinson Sanchez to the club last summer, 12 months on they are set to target Matthijs De Ligt.

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The fee for the 18-year-old is said to be in the £50 million region and if these two deals pan out as reported than Daniel Levy and co have done fantastic business for Tottenham Hotspur.

Alderweireld is undoubtedly a world-class defender. However, injury concerns are a concern, especially as he approaches his 30s. A fee of £75 million would be more than fair compensation for his services at this place in time.

As for De Ligt, he is probably the best young defender in world football. Despite his tender age, he is already a full Dutch international, recently making headlines for a stunning performance v Portugal. He kept Cristiano Ronaldo out at one end whilst his marauding style in a back-three also saw him bag two assists in a 3-0 win for the Dutch.

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Many in his homeland are comparing him to Dutch legend Ronald Koeman and the similarities are obvious to see.

Some of the biggest clubs in world football are keen on De Ligt. Tottenham do however have an advantage due to their good working relationship with the Dutch champions – who they have done business with over Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Sanchez.

If Tottenham can bring in De Ligt and still have £25 million to spare from the Alderweireld deal then there is no doubt they have pulled off a masterstroke in the transfer market. Such a scenario will definitely pay off in the future when De Ligt is lighting up the Premier League.

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Tottenham’s Anthony Martial decision looked justified against Brighton

The Frenchman was poor against Brighton after summer in which Tottenham tried to sign him.

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Manchester United have suffered defeat at the hands of Brighton in a thrilling encounter at the Amex Stadium. The Seagulls claimed a 3-2 win, as Jose Mourinho’s side never truly got up and running.

There were plenty of poor performances from the Manchester United players. The likes of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and even David De Gea did not cover themselves in glory. But Anthony Martial might have been the pick of the bunch.

With Alexis Sanchez missing the Frenchman got a surprise start but failed to take his opportunity. He looked disinterested at times and was anonymous throughout, before being hauled off by Mourinho.


“After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United. There are lots of factors, and right now it’s too early to talk about them…”

– Phillipe Lamboley, Martial’s agent, speaking in June 


It comes at the end of a summer in which it seemed he would leave. The player wanted to go, as confirmed by his agent.

Tottenham Hotspur were heavily linked with his signature. However, as reported by the Evening Standard, Spurs were never going to pay the asking price for the French international – set at a cool £80 million by the Old Trafford hierarchy.

At one point toward the end of the transfer window, it appeared that things have softened and a deal might go through. But Tottenham did not get their man.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at Amex Stadium on May 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Based on the evidence on display this afternoon, Tottenham fans might be pleased. But his display today shows exactly why he should have been allowed to join Tottenham this summer.

Clearly, he is not happy. Because on his day the 21-year-old is a devastating forward with the ability to leave even the best defences in tatters.

A move to Tottenham could have reinvigorated his spirit and career. As it is, he is stuck at United where he looks set to cut a destitute figure until January at least. If he carries on this form, then Tottenham are unlikely to come knocking on the door again.

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Three selection headaches Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino faces ahead of Manchester United trip

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After two comfortable wins in the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino will have some tough selection decisions to make as Tottenham travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United next Monday.

The Argentinian made two changes against Fulham having beaten Newcastle and despite the impressive win at Wembley, could make more before heading to the north-west with several doubts over key men in the team.

Here are some of the biggest decisions he will have to make over the week ahead…

Ben Davies or Danny Rose?

Ben Davies has had a poor pre-season and a disappointing start to the Premier League season, potentially opening the door for a return for Danny Rose. Linked with an exit in the summer, Rose was on the bench against Fulham and could be applying the pressure on the Welshman who took his place last season.

It seems unlikely that Pochettino would make such a change for such an important fixture, but equally he may not want to gamble on Davies costing his team with an error.

Lucas Moura in attack?

One of the best performers throughout pre-season and, in particular, against Fulham, has been Lucas Moura. The Brazilian has played as a second striker and been impressive, creating and finishing chances and posing an alternative threat to Harry Kane.

Yet, selecting Moura means that Pochettino must sacrifice a midfielder such as Moussa Dembele, which he may be reluctant to do going to Old Trafford. This decision will be a clear reflection of how confident Pochettino feels about his team’s chances of a win.

Is it right to play Toby Alderweireld?

Goal were among many sources to claim that the Belgian was close to joining Jose Mourinho’s side this summer as speculation continued throughout the transfer window. Alderweireld returned to the line-up for only his sixth appearance for the club in 2018 against Fulham, but Pochettino may have doubts.

The coach could question whether Alderweireld’s mentality would be correct to face a club he reportedly wanted to sign for in only his second appearance of the season, and with the likes of Eric Dier ready to step in, he may opt to be cautious.

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Tottenham have been offered perfect opportunity, despite lack of summer signings

Tottenham’s youngsters impressed throughout pre-season.

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Fans of Tottenham Hotspur were crying for out for the club to make some new signings this summer and there’s no denying the fact that Mauricio Pochettino could have improved a few problem positions within his squad.

However, the introduction to some of the academy’s top talents in pre-season was a welcomed sight, and a strong indication of how well the club is doing at producing some of the very best players England has to offer.

Although no signings were made, this allowed the youngsters to get some much needed time on the pitch, time they may not have had if Pochettino had signed more players.

With the Premier League season underway, and the next transfer window not open until January, there seems no better time than now for Pochettino to try and test the young talent the club has to offer by pitting them against the Premier League’s best.

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Pochettino was initially quick to promote young talent at the club. However, due to the rise of stand out performers such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez becoming constant features in his starting XI, the promotion of youngsters has taken a back seat.

With the lack of signings this summer, a void has opened for the enigmatic Argentine boss to fill and there are certainly two stand out academy talents from preseason who deserve the opportunity to do so.

Luke Amos and Oliver Skipp both impressed during Tottenham’s ICC competition win and 21-year-old Amos, in particular, staked his claim at a chance to compete for first team honours this season.

Amos was given a cameo appearance off of the bench against Newcastle last weekend, which suggests that the Spurs boss may be more than open to the idea of using the tremendous young talent he has at his disposal.

However, to push the young talent at the club, they need more than just a few minutes on the pitch. Now, Pochettino and his staff have no better chance than to champion their youngsters and give them a real go of it in the top flight of English football.

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