Tottenham are resigned to losing Toby Alderweireld this summer and will sell the Belgian defender if they receive a bid of £44million, according to reports from his homeland.
Alderweireld’s future at Spurs is under the spotlight as his contract stand-off with the north London club continues.
The 29-year-old has two years remaining on his current deal and is regarded as one of the Premier League’s best central defenders.
However, Alderweireld wants wages of £150,000-a-week if he signs a new contract with Tottenham – a similar region to what Virgil van Dijk is paid at Liverpool – and the club are refusing to give in to his demands.
Alderweireld’s current contract includes a £25million release clause that could be triggered in two summers’ time in 2019, as long as his transfer is completed at least 14 days before the window closes.
And, according to reports from Belgian outlet HLN, that means Spurs are willing to part with their key man this coming summer if an interested club pay €50million (£44m).
The uncertainty over Alderweireld’s future has alerted a host of elite clubs.
Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with a strong interest in the Belgium international.
But Paris Saint-Germain are also in the market for a new centre-back, and it is claimed Tottenham are hoping for a bid from the French giants as they would prefer not to strengthen a Premier League rival.
Tottenham have missed Alderweireld’s influence in their back-four this season, having been sidelined for three months of the season with a hamstring injury.
He made his comeback in February, but hasn’t played for Spurs since the 2-2 FA Cup draw away to League One Rochdale on February 18, and there are claims his continued absence from the squad has more to do with his contract stand-off, rather than injury problems.
The centre-back has been left out for Tottenham’s last six games, yet was passed fit by Belgium and was called up to their squad for a friendly against Saudi Arabia next Tuesday.