Manchester City and Chelsea consider moves for unsettled Tottenham defender – report

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Manchester City, Chelsea and Inter are interested in Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, according to a report by Duncan Castles in The Sunday Times.

Chelsea have made an inquiry to learn if the 28-year-old would want to move to Stamford Bridge, while City and Inter have expressed interest, Castles claims, with Alderweireld one of those not happy with how much he is paid at White Hart Lane.

This comes after Danny Rose publicly questioned Spurs’ ambitions, including their rigid pay structure that sees some of their stars earn less than inferior players at clubs like West Ham.

Alderweireld has three years remaining on his £49,000-a-week deal, a salary he could expect to double were he to move to Chelsea or Manchester City. And it is claimed by The Sunday Times that talks over a new deal have not gone well, with Daniel Levy refusing to bump his wages up to the club’s £80,000-a-week ceiling.

This has the likes of City and Chelsea interested, with Chelsea more active as they look to sign another high-profile centre-back. Virgil van Dijk is another target for the reigning Premier League champions, but Southampton’s hard-line stance and his personal preference for Liverpool make that a tricky deal.

Signing Alderweireld would also be difficult, with Tottenham known to be tough negotiators, as City found out during the protracted Kyle Walker saga. Tottenham and Chelsea rarely do business, making it a doubly tough task for Antonio Conte to sign the Belgian.

City’s interest in Alderweireld would more likely lead to them approaching him next summer, the current priority being to add a home-grown name as fourth-choice centre-back, with West Brom’s Jonny Evans top of the list.

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