Liverpool could still sign Belgian star for nothing next summer

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Liverpool could sign Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld on a free transfer next summer after talks with Bayer Leverkusen broke down.

The Belgian defender had been closing in on a switch to the German team but his Dad, Vic, has revealed that talks have fallen through which could see him stay at Ajax for the new season.

That increases the chances he won’t leave the Dutch league until next summer, when he’ll be out of contract and available on a free transfer.

If, and it’s a big if at this stage, that happens then Liverpool could position themselves for the long term target and put in a seriously good offer, which may be larger than what they would be able to offer him right now.

“The proposal [from Leverkusen] was interesting in sporting terms, but financially we had some questions. We have a counter proposal and will wait to see how Leverkusen reacts,” Vic Alderweireld told De Telegraaf.

The ball is still very much in Bayer Leverkusen’s court and if they improve their offer, it looks like a formality that the defender will go to the Bundesliga team.

It’s just a case of sitting back and waiting for Liverpool, because they are relying on a little bit of luck for him to become available.

“We are not in a rush to sign. At worst, he plays another season in Amsterdam and leaves as a free agent after next season,” he added.

If he does stay at Ajax then Liverpool would be well advised to delegate someone to literally go and follow him around the Netherlands next season.

Alderweireld has attracted a lot of attention already this summer and the possibility of a free transfer for him is something that will only add to the number of teams in the pot looking to get after him.

The matter is a financial one, which also could put Liverpool into a tricky position in relation signing the 24-year-old for free.

Other teams obviously recognise his quality and won’t have any problems putting him on a very big contract if Bayer Leverkusen don’t improve their offer.

There are also other teams in much better current financial situations than Liverpool right now, which could look at trying to secure a deal for the defender this summer, bypassing the possibility of an all out scrap for a free agent.

He’s a seriously talented centre back and a player who looks destined for further big moves throughout his career.

Fortunately for Liverpool they have a sensible manager in Brendan Rodgers and a sensible board, which means they will position themselves well if he’s an Ajax player, giving them the best chance of adding him to the squad.

Do you expect the deal to still go through? Is the free agent threat simply a negotiating tactic?

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