Tottenham round-up: Alderweireld linked with rivals; defender poised for West Brom switch; Pochettino on Chelsea defeat
Tottenham and Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld has been linked with a move to fierce London rivals Chelsea this morning as he looks for parity with some of the club’s highest-earners.
The Evening Standard claimed a few months ago that the 28-year-old, who currently earns around £50,000-a-week at White Hart Lane, wanted to move closer to Harry Kane’s £100,000-a-week mark.
But contract negotiations have failed to materialise as of yet, and fresh reports coming from the Evening Standard understand that Chelsea are beginning to pick up an interest in the Belgian man.
After already selling Kyle Walker to a top-six rival it would be highly irregular for Spurs to allow Alderweireld to go to Chelsea but, until a new contract is signed, speculation will no doubt continue.
The 28-year-old’s current contract – the one that he signed when joining from Atletico Madrid just over two years ago – has a clause in it meaning a £25million release clause will be active from 2019.
The theme of defenders seemed to continue on Sunday as the Evening Standard report that Tottenham centre-back Kevin Wimmer is on the verge of being announced as a West Brom player.
It is understood that, with the arrival of Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez imminent, Wimmer will complete the formalities of a move to the Hawthorns in a deal that could see Spurs earn £15 million.
The 24-year-old managed just four Premier League starts last season and the arrival of Sanchez would push him further down the pecking order below Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.
Away from transfer action, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that his side were mightily unlucky to come away from Wembley without a point after they lost 2-1 to Chelsea today.
Marcos Alonso’s double either side of a Michy Batshuayi own goal ensured that Tottenham’s first match at their new home – Wembley Stadium – ended in defeat, but the Argentine stayed defiant.
Speaking to BBC Sport after the match, he said: “I am disappointed because we deserved more but they were very clinical with two shots on target and two goals. We dominated and we were better but if you are not clinical, you can lose like today.
“We are one step ahead than last season. We were much better in every aspect of the game than Chelsea, they were just clinical. I am not frustrated or upset I am happy with the performance of the players. We are working hard, there are plenty of games to play.”
And when asked about their poor record at Wembley continuing, he continued: “What can we do? What can I do? It is a perception from the media. I said before and will say it again, it is not about Wembley, it is our performance. Playing that way we can win lots of games.”
Tottenham now have six days to pick themselves up before they face the test of Burnley next Saturday afternoon, a side that will be rejuvenated after their own win over Chelsea on the opening weekend.
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