Tottenham are becoming increasingly resigned to losing defender Toby Alderweireld during the summer transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Guardian reported back in December than by triggering Alderweireld’s automatic one year extension clause to keep him in north London until the end of the 2019/20 season, they activated a release clause which means he is available for £25m from the start of the summer window to within two weeks of August 2019’s deadline.
So the Mirror report that Spurs are braced for bids from Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus – with the Red Devils keen to shunt themselves to the front of the queue.
To make way for Alderweireld, the Mirror report that United will listen to offers for Ivorian defender Eric Bailly, who had a shocking game against Paris Saint-Germain before being removed early last week.
A central defensive swap deal could well be the best way for both sides to get something from a situation where one side has an unsettled player for whom they need to salvage some value and the other wants an upgrade.
Daniel Levy would get rid of an ageing player with an ever-diminishing market value in return for a younger man with Premier League experience and plenty of potential.
United would get their man but it still represents a risk for them and the best way for Spurs to get out of this situation with something to show for it could be an exchange.