Manchester City are lining up a swoop to sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, according to the Sun.
The newspaper claim that the Premier League club are keen on landing the 28-year-old and believe he can eventually takeover from Vincent Kompany at the Etihad Stadium.
It is understood that the Belgian centre-back is valued at £60million and teams have been alerted to his situation as he is in a stand-off with Spurs over a new improved contract, despite still having three years left on his deal.
The report details that a Man City swoop would be likely next summer if his contract issue is still not resolved.
Alderweireld is a powerhouse defender that is regarded as one of the best in England and it would be a stunning move if he was to join Spurs’ league rivals Man City.
Good move for Spurs?
There are several key players in the Spurs team and certainly one of the most important is defender Alderweireld.
The ball-playing centre-back has oozed class since he moved to North London and is the perfect player in Mauricio Pochettino’s back-line.
He has formed a brilliant partnership alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen and the duo should not be seperted.
Losing Alderweirled to rivals Man City would be the unthinkable and cause utter chaos among Spurs fans, who view him as one of their best defenders in recent history.
The centre-back would certainly seriously strengthen Pep Guardiola’s team and they could become unstoppable with him.
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Likely to happen?
Worryingly for Spurs this deal could in fact happen and Kyle Walker’s move to the Etihad Stadium is a compelling evidence.
Spurs will have to drastically change their wage structure if they want to keep their top players for the foreseeable future and Alderiweireld is certainly one of them.
He understandably wants a new improved deal and knows he could be earning a lot more money elsewhere.
Spurs’ best bet would be to win the league title this season and be brave enough to adjust their system to show they want to be an elite club in England.
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