Barcelona managing to secure the future of Samuel Umtiti can work in Tottenham's favour two-fold, damaging Manchester United.
Umtiti signed a new deal with Barcelona this week, much to the club's relief. His previous contract had a £53 million release clause, which has now been increased to a staggering £437 million, BBC Sport report.
His previous release clause left Barcelona vulnerable, with Catalan newspaper SPORT reporting late last year that the club were increasingly worried about it.
Their need to do so has now been dramatically reduced, if not erased altogether.
Yet Manchester United are the real losers in this, and it plays right into the hands of Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
The Red Devils had been strongly linked with both Umtiti and Alderweireld - with the former now off the table.
Alderweireld is now clearly United's top target in central defence, a position exposed as a weakness in the FA Cup final, with Phil Jones faltering on the big stage.
The Sun reported recently that Jose Mourinho is keen to sign Alderweireld - but no bid has yet been forthcoming.
The Red Devils will find it tough to find an available centre-back capable of matching Alderweireld, and Umtiti might have been the only credible alternative.
Tottenham will realise this, and tough negotiating chairman Daniel Levy will be able to turn the screw on the Red Devils and ramp up the asking price.
The longer the impasse goes on, the better Tottenham's chances of either landing an extremely high fee for the Belgian, or even keeping him.