Tottenham are reportedly set to initiate transfer talks to tie down Toby Alderweireld to a new deal and remove a clause in his existing deal.
The central defender, 28, has developed into one of the best in the Premier League since arriving from Atletico Madrid via Southampton two years ago for an initial fee of just £11.5million.
The club are keen to keep hold of the Belgium international, who has two years to run on his existing deal, which also has an option to extend for a further 12 months.
Daniel Levy is prepared to make Alderweireld one of Spurs’ highest-paid players, according to the Daily Mirror, in a bid to see off interest from Inter Milan.
The Chinese-backed Italian side are reportedly interested in the centre-back and Spurs are readying a salary of around £100,000 a week – double his current wage – which will align him with the likes of Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane, who were both among players who signed improved deals last season.
The report says Tottenham “have no intention of allowing him to leave” and they are eager to remove a £25million release clause in his existing deal that would become active in summer 2019.
Talks had always been pencilled in for the summer, but Inter’s interest may well push the issue to the top of Levy’s ‘things to do’ list.
“I invite all the clubs that want players from Tottenham to come to the training ground and visit our chairman Daniel Levy,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in April.
“I think Toby is playing and that is the second season at the club, nobody has doubts about Toby.”