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Tottenham must convince PSG to pay £50m for Toby Alderweireld

The Belgian looks destined to leave Spurs this summer and PSG might be the best selling option.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur fans are now resigned to the idea of playing without Toby Alderweireld for the foreseeable future. The Belgian is in a contract dispute with the club over his current deal, which expires in 2019.

Alderweireld wants a huge pay-rise which would make him Spurs’ top-paid player and a lengthy contract which, given his recent injury record and age, is simply not going to be offered by the North London side.

With that in mind, Alderweireld will be allowed to leave this summer, when Tottenham can squeeze the highest transfer fee out of potential suitors.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

A report from the Daily Mail this week has suggested Paris Saint-Germain look likely to get their hands on the player. The report claims PSG are willing to match his £10m-a-season wage demands and will also offer him the five-year deal he clamours for.

For Tottenham, a move to PSG might be in the best interest of the club.

Why is this the best-case scenario?

Firstly it means Tottenham will not have to sell to a rival. Plenty of teams in the Premier League have been linked with a move for the Belgian recently. Manchester United are believed to be very keen whilst Chelsea, Manchester City and even Arsenal have seen their names mentioned in the tabloids.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld lies injured during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium in London, on November 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

If Alderweireld is to leave Spurs, which of course looks increasingly likely, pushing him into a move abroad will be key.

Then there is the financial side of his exit. Tottenham will want to bleed every penny out of the exit of their star defender. Not long ago Alderweireld was considered the best defender in the Premier League and financially, Spurs must be compensated.

Of all the teams linked with Alderweireld, none are willing to part with their cash more extravagantly than the Parisians. If Tottenham can convince the French league leaders to part way with £50 million-plus for Toby then Daniel Levy will be laughing to the bank. Meanwhile, a good chunk of that fee could be used to find a replacement and strengthen other areas of the Tottenham team.

In the mess that has become of the Alderweireld situation, selling him to PSG might just be the best option for Spurs.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

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Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Everton round-up: Richarlison medical, Digne price-tag, Klaassen bid

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Richarlison medical

Richarlison has completed his medical at Everton and is set to join on a £50 million deal from Watford in the next 24 hours.

Marco Silva worked with the Brazilian last season and was keen to reunite with him this summer.

An initial fee of £35 million is set to be paid for the player but clauses will take the overall price-tag nearer to £50 million.

That will make it a club record, ahead of last summer’s £45 million signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Digne price

There have been conflicting reports today in Spain regarding recent reports in England over Lucas Digne. The Mirror recently claimed Everton had agreed a £22 million fee for the French international.

However, that does not appear to be the case.

According to Sport, Everton have offered Barcelona just €10 million (£8.9m) for the player, with Barcelona wanting €16 million (£14.3m).

Everton currently have a delegation in Spain trying to thrash out a deal for the left-back.

Klaassen wanted

German side Werder Bremen want Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen. Kreiszeitung are reporting that the Bundesliga side are hopeful of signing the former Ajax captain in a £11.6 million deal this summer.

That would be a huge £12 million reduction on the £23.6 million Everton paid Ajax for the player last summer.

Klaassen failed to find his form at Everton and is expected to depart this summer.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

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Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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