Juventus could exploit a clause in Toby Alderweireld’s contract to bring him to Turin, according to reports.
Tottenham triggered a clause in Alderweireld’s contract which extends his current deal until 2020 but, in turn, activated another clause which allows him to leave the club for £26m at least 14 days before the end of the upcoming transfer window, The Times report.
Alderweireld to Juve? Five key things to know…
- Alderweireld has been key for the Spurs defence during his 148 appearances for the club since joining in 2015.
- A one-year option in the Belgian’s contract allowed the club to extend his deal until 2020.
- However, a £26m release clause was also inserted, valid at least 14 days before the end of the summer transfer window.
- Juventus are reportedly interested in exploiting that clause.
- The Old Lady already have Aaron Ramsey heading to Turin on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The Belgian’s current contract sees him take a weekly wage of around £53k and that, combined with the relatively low fee for someone of his quality, would put Juventus in a strong financial position to push a deal through.
Alderweireld has been open about the uncertainty surrounding his future, admitting earlier this month that he doesn’t know if he will remain at Spurs beyond this season.
“There’s a lot to play for this season. And in the end I have a year contract left at Spurs, so I don’t look further than this season,” he told Sky Sports.
“Other things I don’t know. I am very happy at Spurs, so we will see what the future brings.
“I still feel very fit. I think I played a lot of minutes this season so I showed that I am fit – I don’t feel 30, I feel younger.
“So as I said, I am very happy and I just try to watch game-by-game. This season there is a lot to play for so I will give my best for that.”
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Alderweireld was among the Spurs players to recently train at their new stadium for the first time and was impressed by the ‘special’ new facilities on offer.
“This is special, far beyond my expectations,” he said on social media.
More astute business for Juve?
Should Alderweireld indeed head to Turin, it would represent yet more sound business from the Italian champions, who have seen the likes of Emre Can, Dani Alves and Sami Khedira arrive on free transfers over the years.
Furthermore, Juve already have another high-profile signing coming in for free this summer after the Old Lady moved quickly to secure a contract agreement with Aaron Ramsey, whose Arsenal deal expires at the end of this season.
Identifying and targeting star talent with mere months left to run on their contract appears to be Juve’s modus operandi. Spurs would do well to remember that when making their choice in the coming months of negotiations with Alderweireld.