Is this Tottenham defender set to move to Manchester City in January?
After Manchester City failed in a last ditch effort to sign former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans from West Brom on transfer deadline day. It seems Guardiola is still keen on bringing in another defender with his skipper Vincent Kompany picking up another injury and the Spaniard doesn’t seem keen on Mangala.
Instead of going after Evans again City seemed to have turned their heads towards Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld who is rumoured to be unsettled by the lack of progress in his contract negotiations.
Daniel Levy runs a tight ship at Spurs as it is widely reported that the wage budget at the club is way down on that of their rivals. It even caused left-back Danny Rose to speak out in an interview to say that he would consider a move away from the club and that he feels that he should be paid more.
Toby Alderweireld is one of the best central defenders in world football having previously been on the books at Atletico Madrid and Southampton. The Spurs defender is the definition of consistent as he can always be relied upon and his reading of the game is second to none. The Belgium centre-back has shone since joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for £11.5million, helping them finish Premier League runners-up in May. It is no wonder his uncertainty has alerted the top clubs particularly Manchester City.
Alderweireld could be a great fit for the blue side of Manchester and the 28 year old could be seen as a long term replacement to Vincent Kompany. The Spurs defender has excellent defensive abilities and has the ability to play within the passing style that Guardiola craves. The Belgian would certainly be a better option than both John Stones and Nicholas Otamendi with both lacking consistency and composure.
The lure of a bumper pay packet, playing under Pep Guardiola and fighting on all fronts for trophies may prove to be too much for Alderweireld to turn down. Should he make the switch could he be the defensive solution that City have been looking for and lead to them dominating English Football?
Would a move to Manchester City be a good choice for Alderweireld? Would his capture mean that City could go on to dominate both domestically and on the European stage? Let us know in the comments section below…