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.
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.
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.