Paul Merson suggests Toby Alderweireld would make Liverpool title contenders

Toby Alderweireld (3dR) of Tottenham Hotspur warms up22 with teammates Moussa Sissoko (L), Serge Aurier (2ndL), Christian Eriksen (2ndR) and Harry Winks (R) during their warming-up prior...

Paul Merson suggests that Tottenham Hotspur star Toby Alderweireld is good enough for Liverpool and Manchester City.

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...

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has suggested in The Daily Star that Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld is good enough for Manchester City and Liverpool.

The former England international believes that the Tottenham defender would walk into the City team and would make Liverpool Premier League title contenders.

Merson has also claimed that the 29-year-old former Atletico Madrid defender is worth £40 million at least, and has urged Spurs to retain his services beyond this summer.

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.

“Tottenham need to throw money at Toby Alderweireld if their team is to stick together,” Merson wrote in The Daily Star.

“He is the best centre-half in the world and Spurs just cannot afford to let him go if they want to remain contenders.

“I’m sure if he had been playing, Spurs wouldn’t have caved in to Juventus. Alderweireld would walk into the Manchester City team he’s that good.

“Imagine him at Liverpool – he and Virgil van Dijk would make them major players in the title race again.”

Merson added: “He is worth £40m at least and it would cost Spurs £35m to replace him with someone half as good.”

Newport County's Irish striker Padraig Amond (L) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld during the English FA Cup fourth round replay football match between...

Top-quality player

Alderweireld is one of the best defenders in the world and is a key figure in the current Tottenham team.

According to The Daily Mail, the former Ajax star earns £50,000 per week as salary at Spurs at the moment.

The Sun has claimed that Manchester United are interested in signing the Belgian centre-back in the summer of 2018.

Although Spurs have done quite well despite missing Alderweireld due to injury for a chunk of the season, it is important that Tottenham do not sell him in the summer 2018.

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