Tottenham are considering cashing in on Toby Alderweireld this summer after talks stalled regarding a new contract for the defender, according to The Times.
Toby Alderweireld is reportedly asking for his wage to be increased to £150,000 per week but Tottenham are unwilling to play ball due to their strict wage structure.
The Belgium defender is understood to be demanding a deal worth £150,000 a week, a salary that Tottenham will not countenance paying to a player who turns 29 next week, leading the club to explore a sale at the end of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino has backed the club’s decision, as the head coach accepts their strict wage structure and would rather use the money to strengthen other areas of the squad. Tottenham’s final offer to Alderweireld during talks last month is understood to have been £110,000 a week including bonuses, which would make him one of the highest-paid players at the club, although that will be surpassed if, as expected, Harry Kane and Dele Alli sign improved deals at the end of the season.
Manchester United and Real Madrid have been linked with an interest in Alderweireld, who signed a five-year deal with Spurs when he arrived from Atletico Madrid for £11.5million in 2015.
He has since developed into one of the Premier League’s best centre-backs and Tottenham are sure to demand a huge fee for the Belgian, likely to rival the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January.