Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld could soon be on his way out of the club, with Le 10 sport reporting that Paris Saint-Germain are set to hold talks with the North London outfit over a potential summer transfer.
On Friday, Spurs exercised their right to automatically extend the defender’s deal by a further year – until the summer of 2020 – though in doing so they have triggered the Belgium international’s £25 million release clause, which will come into effect at the end of the current campaign.
Tottenham have been locked in contract negotiations with Alderweireld’s representatives for months, but remain unwilling to meet the centre-back’s high wage demands.
Spurs’ decision to extend the Belgian’s deal – and trigger his release clause – suggests that they may be prepared to allow the former Southampton man to leave the club once the season comes to an end.
Fellow Premier League outfit Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Tottenham’s Alderweireld and were thought to be frontrunners for a player they consider to be the solution to their defensive problems.
However, French champions Paris Saint-Germain appear to have stolen a march on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men and are interested in welcoming the Belgian to the Parc des Princes once the transfer window reopens in the summer.
Alderweireld’s reluctance to put pen to paper on a new deal seemed to suggest that he would be phased out of the first-team picture by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and made just 21 appearances in all competitions for Spurs.
The former Atletico Madrid man has re-established himself as a key figure this term and has already featured 26 times, playing a pivotal role in Spurs’ title bid.
Pochettino’s men find themselves in third place in the league table, six points behind leaders Liverpool and face the in-form Manchester United in a mouthwatering clash at Wembley on Sunday week.