Report claims Tottenham could be forced to sell Toby Alderweireld

General view of Wembley Stadium during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

Manchester City have been linked with Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld.

Gabriel Agbonlahor of Aston Villa (L) attempts to bring the ball down while under pressure from Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur (R) during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match...

Tottenham Hotspur could be forced to sell Toby Alderweireld next summer with Manchester City interested, according to The Daily Mail.

It has been reported that Tottenham are refusing to relax their strict wage structure, and that there are growing concerns that they could be forced to sell the defender in the summer of 2018.

The Belgium international central defender, who has been on the books of Tottenham since the summer 2015, reportedly earns £50,000 per week at Tottenham at the moment.

The dejected Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur walk off the pitch following their team's 1-0 defeat during the Premier League match between West Ham United and...

“At the age of 28, Alderweireld knows this could be the last big contract of his career and is looking for a deal north of the Tottenham’s current £110,000-per-week wage ceiling,” adds the report in The Daily Mail.

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Alderweireld is one of the best central defenders in the Premier League and in the world, and it would be a bitter disappointment if Spurs have to sell him next summer due to wage issues.

Tottenham’s recent bad form has coincided with the 28-year-old centre-back’s spell on the sidelines, and it is clear that he is a key figure in Mauricio Pochettino's team.

Toby Alderweireld #4 of Tottenham Hotspur passes the ball in the second half against Roma during the International Champions Cup on July 25, 2017 at Red Bull Arena  in Harrison, New Jersey.

True, Spurs have Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth, but both of them are very young and are still developing.

Signing for Manchester City next summer could appeal to Alderweireld, who would not only earn a lot of money, but he would also get to play under Pep Guardiola.

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