Tottenham's Toby Alderwiereld surprisingly doesn't have a huge market.
According to The Mirror, Roma are the only team to register their interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld – and Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reports that they will step up their bid today.
Alderweireld, 29, has starred for Tottenham since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2015, racking up more than 150 appearances for the club.
The Belgian international has become one of the Premier League's best centre backs, and given that a £25million release clause can be activated up until Friday, July 26th, many expected him to have gone by now.
Remarkably though, it's claimed that Roma are the only team to have expressed an interest in signing Alderweireld, and will now ramp up their efforts to sign him by speaking to his agents today.
It's believed that Roma's Franco Baldini – formerly of Tottenham – wants to drive the price down, which Daniel Levy surely won't be pleased with given that the release clause is already low enough.
That no other teams are interested in Alderweireld is quite shocking. Yes, he's now in his 30's, and there may be concerns about his longevity, but at £25million, that's cheaper than some Championship defenders are being valued at.
A team like Manchester United, desperately seeking solid centre backs, should be all over Alderweireld, but instead they're chasing a huge and somewhat unlikely move for Harry Maguire.
Spurs will be delighted with that, and will hope that they get past July 26th with Alderweireld still at the club, but much may depend on those talks between Roma and his agent today.
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