Italian champions Juventus are ready to battle Manchester United for the signature of Toby Alderweireld this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
They claim that the £25m release clause that’s in Alderweireld’s Spurs contract – which Spotrac report is worth £80,000 per week – has interested the Turin giants, who are always on the hunt for a bargain.
But Manchester United are reportedly hovering around too, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent appointment may signal a shift towards younger recruits at Old Trafford, potentially giving Juve the edge.
And from Tottenham’s perspective, it would surely be better if they were able to sell a player they must be resigned to losing to a foreign team, as opposed to seeing him remain in the Premier League and flourish.
Alderweireld still has plenty of quality, and the last thing Daniel Levy wants is for a domestic rival like United to get a bargain advantage in the transfer window, especially in a position where they have struggled since the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
So if they can, Spurs should be doing all they can to get Alderweireld to Italy with Juventus, especially with the amount they will raise by selling him fixed by his contract anyway.