How Alderweireld returning to Atletico could be good news for Spurs

Toby Alderweireld

The Southampton defender's future is far from clear after Atletico stated they intend for the player to return from his Premier League loan.

Atletico's apparent decision to recall Southampton's on-loan defender Toby Alderweireld at the end of the season, as Sky Sports have reported, might be something that ends up working out in Tottenham's favour.

Though we'll have to wait and see whether the Belgian will be involved in Atletico's first team next season, he will be hard-pushed to dislodge first-choice duo Diego Godin and Miranda, so there could be a more covert reason for Atletico to recall the former Ajax man than simply incorporating him into the squad.

When Southampton agreed a loan deal for the 26-year-old, the Mirror reported they agreed a £6.3 million fee if they wished to buy Alderweireld, something Atletico can cancel by paying £1.5 million themselves. Essentially, the loan was put in place to ensure the deal went through before the end of the transfer window and also for the Saints to see how Alderweireld adapts to the Premier League.

Given at how seamlessly the centre back has made the transition to England, and with Southampton boasting the best defensive record in the league, Alderweireld is now worth far more than that £6.3 million fee.

By recalling Alderweireld, even if it costs them £1.5 million, Atletico can then sell the player for a figure sure to be at least double that amount.

Tottenham are already rumoured to be looking to make defensive reinforcements in the summer, with a particularly leaky defence undoing their strong attacking work in 2015, and Alderweireld recently admitted that he would love to link up with Belgian teammate, and former Ajax defensive partner Jan Vertonghen again.

The pair won titles together in Amsterdam, and with Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele also at White Hart Lane, it wouldn't be difficult for Alderweireld to settle in North London.

“It would be very nice to play again with Jan," he is quoted as saying in the Mirror at the end of last month. "But that is very far.

“The interest has yet to be concrete and finally Atlético must let me go. Maybe they want me back in Madrid. I have to wait for the calls after the season.

“I have to admit that I do have a slight preference for the Premier League. It just feels good to play there."

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