Toby Alderweireld is going to be leaving Tottenham this summer – that must seems all but guaranteed – but his destination remains a mystery.
With a well documented contract clause that will allow rival clubs to snap him up for £26million in the final two weeks of the transfer window, as reported by the Mirror, and no new offer likely, which would remove that particular term of his deal, it is only a matter of time before he does depart.
The same report states that Premier League rivals Manchester United are keen on snapping up the Belgian powerhouse at the price of his exit clause, a move which everyone at Tottenham would be loathed to let happen – although they do not seem to have much of a choice.
Or do they?
While the clause means anyone can bid £26million and enter contract negotiations with the centre back, it does not stop Spurs from selling him for less in the weeks prior to the activation of the contract terms.
As such, the solution to stopping Manchester United from prying his side’s top star from north London is staring Levy in the face.
It would be a surprise to see him accept a lower price for his star man but if it means the likes of Barcelona or Juventus, both reportedly interested in his capture, snap him up over Manchester United, it could be a shock deal worth accepting.
It would be the sort of spiteful action the Tottenham fans would be left in stitches over – if they cannot have Alderweireld, neither can their top flight rivals.
With the Belgian seemingly on his way, Levy can bring joy to the supporters one last time by spiting the Red Devils and sealing a cut price deal outside the UK.