BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JUNE 20 : Toby Alderweireld defender of Belgium and Thomas Vermaelen defender of Belgium pictured prior to a closed training session of the National Soccer Team of Belgium as part of the preparation prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 phase final match between Belgium and Sweden at the Chateau de Haillan training center on June 20, 2016 in Bordeaux, France , 20/06/2016 ( Photo by Peter De Voecht / Photonews via Getty Images)

Vermaelen's injury blow means Tottenham should be braced for Alderweireld bid

Thomas Vermaelan has suffered an injury blow that will push Barcelona into the January transfer market for a new central defender, according to Mundo Deportivo.

World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti’s knee problems have created something of a defensive shortage at the Nou Camp, which necessitates a winter investment.

The Catalans have been linked with a move for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld in the past and this new injury blow to his international team mate should make Daniel Levy braced for renewed interest during next month’s transfer window.

Alderweireld’s contract dilemma has not been solved and if Barcelona can offer him a real shot at Champions League glory, as well as one final big contract, then there is every chance he could have his head turned.

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The uncertainty over the new stadium and perhaps over Mauricio Pochettino’s future could also influence Alderweireld’s decision to leave, but Daniel Levy will undoubtedly drive a hard bargain.

It would put pressure on Juan Foyth to step up, but Pochettino has always emphasised that no player is bigger than the club and if Barca do turn Alderweireld’s head, the Argentine will back his existing squad to cope and thrive regardless.

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