Tottenham have agreed a deal for veteran defender Toby Alderweireld to join Qatari side Al-Duhail, as new manager Nuno Espirito Santo targets a defensive overhaul this summer.
Alderweireld, 32, had his future up in the air approaching this summer’s transfer window, but the Portuguese boss has deemed the Belgian to be surplus to requirements in N17.
Antwerp had an approach turned down earlier in the summer over a deal that would have seen Alderweireld return to his hometown, where he played football as a child before joining Ajax’s youth set-up.
According to The Telegraph, the Qatar based side have agreed on a fee of around £13million to release the 32-year-old to the far east in this transfer window.
The ex-Atletico Madrid centre-half was part of the Red Devils team that were knocked out by eventual winners Italy in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.
His move to Qatar shouldn’t affect his chances to be an integral part of Roberto Martinez’ side, with many of his teammates playing in foreign leagues in the far east of the world.
Thomas Vermaelen is currently in Japan and Yannick Carrasco had a spell in China.
Alderweireld, should he agree to the move, would also be playing in the country hosting next season’s major international tournament. Al-Duhail were Qatar Stars League champions two seasons ago and in 2021 qualified for the Asian Champions League under former Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi.
While playing in N17, the 32-year-old became a fan favourite amongst the Spurs faithful.
He was part of the Champions League squad in 2019 to make it to the final, where they eventually fell to six times winners of the competition Liverpool in a 2-0 loss at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Seemingly with this deal looking likely to be completed pending Alderweireld’s approval, Fabio Paratici will quickly move on to secure multiple centre-half signings which the new manager has demanded this summer.
football.london understands that Spurs are in advanced talks to sign Atalanta centre-back Christian Romero.
Romero’s teammate Pierluigi Gollini has had his move confirmed to north London this summer, signing on a season-long loan deal with an option to make the transfer permanent in the future.
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Once the first defensive target is signed this summer, Espirito Santo has a host of targets lined up to fill another centre-half vacancy which will likely to be vacated by Aldeweireld if/once his move away from the club is confirmed.
Joachim Andersen, Jules Kounde and most recently Clement Lenglet have been touted as possible options that Tottenham could pursue this season, as Paratici and co look to provide sufficient sources to compliment the manager’s back five system.
This development comes after Spurs announced their first signing of the summer with Pierluigi Gollini joining on loan for the season.
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