The 24-year-old is a player who has been linked with a switch to Anfield for months and someone Brendan Rodgers will have one eye on as he seeks an extra defensive player for the Liverpool squad before the start of the season.
Now would seem like the ideal time to go after Alderweireld because he’s young and his current contract expires next summer, which means he’ll be cheaper right now than if he does exactly what he’s threatening to do.
While happy to consider all moves away from Ajax, the Belgian has suggested that he will not leave Ajax with a massive hole to fill in their defence during the process, suggesting he could sign a new contract shortly for the sake of doing just that.
“This club has given a lot to me and I owe a lot to Ajax. If I were to leave for nothing, that would hurt the club and hurt me. That is not an option,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
If he signs a new deal with the intention of still moving away, his value is going to go through the roof because he then holds more financial value to Ajax who have him on a bigger contract which a club has to buy out.
That makes him automatically more expensive which could put Liverpool off for two main reasons.
Firstly, Liverpool won’t like the idea of instantly paying more for a player when they could have got him for much cheaper. It’s the same for all of the sides that have been connected to him and have interest in signing him.
Secondly, it becomes more of a professional issue. There is no doubt that Liverpool are a huge club and Alderweireld could easily have engineered the transfer as opposed to making it more difficult.
It’s respectable and admirable that he loves his current side and is willing to try and get them the best deal but Brendan Rodgers will focus on the fact he could have pushed for a Liverpool transfer and may focus on another player who 100% wants to be at the club.
“I know I’m ready for a new step and think everyone sees this,” he added.
He’s right, it is very logical because if a move doesn’t happen, Ajax need to get some sort of value injected back into him because if things stay as they are, he’ll be even more expensive come January which would be the next time any club can sign him after the current transfer window.
One thing is for sure, if Liverpool aren't prepared to buy him right now, they certainly won't be prepared to buy him when he's considerably more difficult to get hold of.
Any chance this deal will happen or do you think Liverpool gave up a long time ago?
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