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Report: Paratici's plan means Tottenham are now willing to sell £100k-a-week star this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur would be prepared to sanction the exit of Toby Alderweireld this summer if they receive an ‘appropriate offer’, the Athletic report.

Alderweireld has apparently told Tottenham that he would like to leave the club, despite featuring fairly regularly for them last season.

Tottenham seem to be of the opinion that losing Alderweireld may not be the biggest blow in the world, though.

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That is because Fabio Paratici is looking to bring in two central defenders this summer.

The Athletic says that Jules Kounde, Joachim Andersen, Milan Skriniar and Takehiro Tomiyasu are all on Spurs’ wishlist, following the arrival of Paratici.

If Spurs do bring in two new central defenders then Alderweireld’s place in their starting line-up could be under threat, even if Nuno deploys his preferred 3-5-2 formation.

Spurs are also said to believe that this could be their last chance to receive a significant sum for Alderweireld, due to his advancing years.

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The end of an era?

His potential departure would be an upsetting piece of news for Tottenham fans, as the Belgian remains extremely popular.

He is arguably still their best defender right now, but there is no doubting that the £100,000-a-week star (Athletic) isn’t quite at the peak of his powers any more.

Tottenham let Jan Vertonghen leave last summer at a time when he appeared to lose some of his pace, and Alderweireld may be reaching a similar point in his career.

If Spurs do sell the experienced international his replacement will have big shoes to fill, though.

Alderweireld is one of Tottenham’s finest defenders in the modern era, and his departure will leave a sizeable hole in their squad.

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