If Spurs sell Soldado to Atletico, they should ask for this star in return

Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld has struggled for games since his move to Spain, and would be an ideal addition for the North London side.

The latest reports from Spain are suggesting that Atletico Madrid are looking for a new striker, with Diego Costa set to depart the club this summer.

One of the names being mentioned is misfiring Tottenham frontman Roberto Soldado, who has had a year to forget since his big-money move to White Hart Lane last summer.

Whether Spurs will opt to cut their losses on the Spanish centre forward or not remains to be seen, as there is every chance that the former Valencia poacher could well hit his straps next term.

However, if Tottenham do decide to cash-in on Soldado, there is a player at the Vicente Calderon that would surely be attainable and a clever addition as part of the deal.

Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld was much coveted last summer after continued impressive displays for Ajax, with Diego Simeone’s men said to have beaten competition from English clubs for the versatile defender’s signature.

However, with the capital city side having a settled back four this term, Alderweireld has been forced to largely act as a substitute and has only started nine La Liga games for his new club.

As such, there is every chance that Atletico would be willing to use the Belgian as bait to land Soldado for a cheaper fee – which would certainly suit Spurs.

Alderweireld is an accomplished central defender with pace to burn, an excellent physical presence and confidence on the ball.

With question marks over Michael Dawson’s lack of pace, Younes Kaboul’s contract running down and Vlad Chiriches’ hot-and-cold attitude, a new centre-back looks like a necessity this summer.

Alderweireld has played alongside Jan Vertonghen at the Amsterdam club and the pair of Belgian enforcers would form an enviable central defensive partnership for the North Londoners next season.

With rumblings that Frank de Boer could be the man to take over from Tim Sherwood in the summer, another established link means that the transfer makes sense.

Finally, although more comfortable at centre-back, Alderweireld can cover at right-back if needed and would add more options in the Spurs back-line.

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