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Tottenham Hotspur must push Toby Alderweireld toward Barcelona

The Belgian looks set to leave Spurs and a move to Spain would make most sense.

Mathew Coull

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It looks increasingly likely that Tottenham Hotspur will be losing their central defender Toby Alderweireld in the summer.

Just 18 months ago such an eventuality seems improbable. Scratch that, it looked impossible. Spurs were desperately trying to convince him to sign a new deal and the general consensus was that Alderweireld was the best centre-back in the Premier League.

Since then, things have changed. The Belgian has been continuously battling injury and Tottenham can no longer rely on him to be fit for crucial fixtures in the schedule.

Tottenham also broke their transfer record in the summer. Colombian centre-back Davinson Sanchez arrived from Ajax. He has proven to be a more than adequate replacement for the Belgium international.

during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

Alderweireld’s wage demands are far beyond what Tottenham are willing to pay. Considering he has just turned 29-years-old Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will not be sanctioning such high wages for a player fast-approaching his footballing twilight years.

All these reasons mount up to one inevitable conclusion – Tottenham will likely sell Alderweireld in the summer?

But where?

Plenty of teams have recently been linked with the player. Manchester United need to strengthen the centre-back position. Arsenal would love to make a shock swoop and bring him in. The struggles of Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger at Chelsea surely make him a Blues target. Liverpool still need strengthening at the back. Pretty much any of the top six in England would bite Tottenham’s hand off to bring Alderweireld in.

Spurs must capitalise on Barcelona’s interest?

Barcelona are said to be interested in his signature, according to the Independent. Tottenham must seriously consider pushing him toward the Nou Camp.

Spurs would be taking a massive risk if they allowed Alderweireld the chance to thrive with one of their direct Premier League rivals next season. Injury worries aside, the 29-year-old remains one of the best defenders in the world when fully fit. It seems he no longer fits into Tottenham’s wage structure and cashing in now looks a sensible decision, whilst his market value remains high.

during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Yet it would be embarrassing for the club if he went on to become a Premier League mainstay elsewhere and become a block in Tottenham’s battle for the title in the future.

Barcelona could go on to thrive with Alderweireld at the back, but at least Spurs won’t be competing with them for results on a weekly basis.

Even if it means selling at a slightly lower price, Tottenham must ensure Alderweireld does not join a Premier League rival in the summer.

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Salomon Rondon would be ideal back-up for Harry Kane and Tottenham

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According to reports from the Daily Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in adding West Bromwich Albion‘s Salomon Rondon to their attacking ranks.

The recently relegated striker will be hoping to stay in the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino can ensure that happens for the Venezuela international.

Harry Kane has been a revelation once again for the Lilywhites firing 30 league goals this season and was also nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

However, Pochettino has still not found a suitable back-up for the Englishman and is already looking for another replacement.

Fernando Llorente was signed from Swansea last season after Vincent Janssen failed to make an impact in north London.

However, the 33-year-old striker could not improve on his 15 goal tally for the Swans that kept them in the top flight a year ago.

The Spanish forward has one goal in 16 Premier League appearances for Spurs and it’s understandable that Pochettino already wants a replacement.

Rondon would not be a signing that should get fans excited by any means.

After all, he does not represent a world-class striker in the slightest and, similarly to Llorente, he has spent the majority of his Premier League career scrapping at the bottom end of the table.

Despite finishing rock bottom in the league this campaign, Rondon was one of those who emerged from the season with some credibility, scoring 10 goals in all competitions for the Baggies.

The Baggies forward is a striker who has often looked isolated and lacking options in a West Brom side that has struggled to get the best out of him.

In a flourishing Spurs team, his Premier League goal tally, of 24, could steadily improve.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Rondon has a relegation release clause in his contract that can see him leave the Midlands side for a reported fee of £16.5 million.

This may be off-putting for Spurs fans as the fee is not cheap considering the Venezuelan’s lack of firepower.

However, at 28, he is five years younger than Llorente and would only cost £2 million more than the fee they paid for the Spaniard, so it’s not the worst transfer when wanting more attacking options.

There’s no doubt that Llorente has struggled at Wembley this season and at 33, Levy may be tempted to move the former Juventus striker on and refresh his forward line.

A club of Spurs’ stature will always be linked with bigger names, but Rondon could still be a smart appointment for the Londoners.

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Tottenham fans react to latest Mousa Dembele contract setback

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According to the Evening Standard, Mousa Dembele’s agent claims the Belgian international will not sign a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur before the summer World Cup.

The 30-year-old is set to enter the final year of his Spurs contract, which expires on June 30 next year, and the club’s supporters are understandably growing impatient.

According to earlier reports by the MirrorMauricio Pochettino is ready to listen to offers for the likes of Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.

Dembele was one of the names shortlisted and has been a revelation in his six seasons at the club.

However, despite another successful season in north London, the former Fulham midfielder is likely to put an end to his love affair with the Lilywhites.

Dembele’s current deal expires in 12 months and, after starting just 21 of 38 League games, he may be considering other options for the final years of his career.

Spurs fans reacted to his agent’s comments, with the majority urging Pochettino to offload the powerhouse midfielder this summer and find a suitable replacement for the Belgium superstar.

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Tottenham Hotspur news round-up: Pochettino signs, De Ligt hope and Wanyama commits

All the big news from Tottenham Hotspur today.

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Poch signs on

It has been a busy day at Tottenham Hotspur, starting off with the excellent news about Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine, who has been linked with a number of top jobs in world football, has committed his future to the North London club.

He has signed a deal to remain Spurs boss until 2023, along with his coaching staff.

It is a deal that will undoubtedly please the Tottenham fans, and has the chairman. Daniel Levy said of the deal on the club’s official website:

“Mauricio has fostered an incredible spirit in the team and has embraced a style of play our fans have loved watching. I know they will welcome this commitment by Mauricio.”

For many Tottenham fans this is the most important signing of the summer. Losing Pochettino would have been a nightmare scenario for the club and getting him tied down so early in the summer is a massive boost for everyone at the club.

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De Ligt-ful transfer on the cards

Spurs are also in talks over bringing Dutch international defender Matthijs De Ligt to North London. The 18-year-old talent is being lined up as a potential replacement for Toby Alderweireld, who is being targeted by Manchester United.

The London Evening Standard report that Spurs are hopeful their good relationship with Ajax can help them secure a deal. In the past Spurs have signed Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez from the Amsterdam club and believe that may weigh in their favour.

The teenager would be a magnificent recruit for Spurs, so this is one story to keep an eye on.

Spurs are also said to be keeping tabs on Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi of West Brom. ESPN claim Spurs are tracking the player, valued at around £2.5 million.

Wanyama staying

Whilst Alderweireld looks like he is going, one player who isn’t is Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama.

It has been suggested he could be moved on to make funds this summer with replacements being lined up.

But Spurs’ battle-hardened midfielder is not keen on an exit. Speaking to Goal he made it clear he has no desire of leaving Tottenham this summer.

Spurs fans will hope that is the case, despite his indifferent form and fitness this term. Wanyama is still a valuable member of the Tottenham team and they will hopefully manage to keep him at the club.

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