Danny Rose might be on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur by tomorrow, but it’s starting to look more and more like Toby Alderweireld will be staying on. The Belgian has been a long-time transfer target by Manchester United, but Spurs have played hard-ball on his transfer fee and United are now looking at other targets such as Leicester’s Harry Maguire, Bayern’s Jerome Boateng, and Barcelona’s Yerry Mina.
When asked, the outstanding Belgian football journalist Kristof Terreur, who has been very solid on Belgian players now and in the past, didn’t rule out United coming back for one more big bid before the close of the window on Thursday, but it sure doesn’t seem very likely.
So assuming Toby does stick around, the question then becomes: what next? It seems very probable that he may stay, do his job for a year, and then leave for a paltry £25m next summer unless he inexplicably decides to change his mind and sign a new contract with Spurs.
There’s also a non-zero percent chance that Mauricio Pochettino, stuck with a possibly disgruntled player, could choose to not play him that much. I’d like to think that wouldn’t happen, but we’ve kind of seen it already after Toby came back from his injury last spring. Or Toby could decide to sulk and not play much/at all this year. That feels like the absolute worst case scenario, but there don’t seem to be many indications that he would do that — he’s been a model professional throughout this saga.
The window isn’t over and it could shape up to be a frantic end if United does decide to bite the bullet and test Spurs’ resolve one more time, but as of now, it sure looks like all three Belgian Bros might be keeping the band together for one more year.