Tottenham’s defensive rock Toby Alderweireld looks set to make a shock switch to the Serie A, with a move to AS Roma for £25 million looking increasingly likely. The Belgian Centre back only has 12 months left on his contract and has a buyout clause that forces Tottenham to accept any £25 million+ offers as long as they’re before the final 14 days of the transfer window.
Since arriving on Tottenham High Road back in Summer 2015, Alderweireld has rarely failed to impress and has been a constant in Spurs’ back line. Tottenham’s defensive record was appalling before Alderweireld’s move from Athletico Madrid. They conceded 53 goals in 2014-15 and finished a dismal 5th.
But with his addition that number turned upside down, the Lilywhites conceded 35 goals the following term and chased Leicester for the PL title. Spurs have finished in the top four of all four seasons Alderweirld has played at the club, despite only finishing in the top four once before his arrival.
With such a huge impact, it’s hard to see why no top club in all of Europe would not snap him up for the very generous price of £25 million. His age might be a deterring factor, 30 years old means he’s nearer the end of the career than the beginning, but he’s still definitely got three or four years of top class play in him, especially as a player who is more about reading the game than pace or power.
Sky Sports report that Alderweireld’s representatives have already agreed terms with the Italian Club. Roma representative Franco Baldini is expected to meet with former boss Daniel Levy to discuss the possible transfer. Apparently Baldini is hoping to lower the asking price, other reports suggest that Spurs will look to bring in exciting midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo from Roma and will look to make Alderweireld part of the exchange.
Adoring Spurs fans will miss their safety blanket. All Europe’s elite football clubs (apart from Roma) have missed out big time too.