Concern for Tottenham as key defender pushes for Serie A move

Date published: Friday 2nd August 2019 6:54

Toby Alderweireld; Jan Vertonghen TEAMtalk

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has given the green light to a potential move to Roma, as the two clubs continue to negotiate over a fee.

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca confirmed after their most recent pre-season friendly that signing another centre-back was their priority, and they have been in talks to sign Alderweireld for some time.

Franco Baldini, who used to be employed by both clubs as a sporting director, but is now acting as an unofficial advisor to Roma, has been trying to close a deal for the player, who has one year left on his contract at Spurs.

Alderweireld has insisted that he is happy at Spurs, leading to some suggestions that he might sign a contract renewal – but reports in Italy claim that that is far from the case.

According to Sky Sport Italia and Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Football Italia), Alderweireld has virtually agreed personal terms with the Italian side, and his agents are now trying to accelerate the transfer.

The Belgian defender’s release clause expired towards the end of last month, meaning Spurs could theoretically increase the asking price – but Roma are still confident of securing a cut-price deal for the 30-year-old.

They are not prepared to go over €20m in their bid for Alderweireld, though, so may have to battle AC Milan for Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren as an alternative.

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