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Toby Alderweireld transfer saga may be over, but it could cost Tottenham millions

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Toby Alderweireld transfer saga may be over, but it could cost Tottenham millions

The Belgian defender was heavily linked with a move out of Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur ended up signing nobody in the transfer window, but they have also held on to all of their players.

There is, still time for exits abroad for the likes of Mousa Dembele and Danny Rose. However, it appears Toby Alderweireld is set to stay. All the reported interest in his services came from domestic rivals.

Manchester United were the most heavily linked, with rumours of a £75 million price-tag being mentioned for the 29-year-old.

In the end, Tottenham kept him. It seems that whilst Jose Mourinho wanted the Belgian, the hierarchy at Old Trafford were less keen.

It appears good news for Tottenham, with Daniel Levy again getting his way.

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However, in a business sense, it seems odd from Tottenham. Alderweireld has shown no indication of signing a new deal at Tottenham. His current deal includes a release clause that is proving troublesome. In a years time, the Belgian will be available for just £25.4 million.

Considering the current market, especially for central defenders, that would be an absolute bargain for a player of Alderweireld’s ability and experience.

Tottenham will now either have to convince Alderweireld to stay and sign a new deal or find a buyer abroad in the next couple of weeks.

If not, then somebody will surely activate that release clause in a year.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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