Toby Alderweireld leaves Spurs with Cristian Romero possible replacement

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<span>Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Tottenham have announced that Toby Alderweireld will leave after six years at the club, joining the Qatari side Al-Duhail, with Spurs hoping to sign a replacement centre-back in the next few days.

The Premier League club have been in talks with Atalanta over Cristian Romero but at the moment the clubs are quite apart in their valuation of the Argentinian centre-back.

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Atalanta are holding out for €55m (£47m) but Spurs are unwilling to pay that much for the 23-year-old. Other players under consideration by Tottenham are Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna, €18m), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea, €25m) and Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina, €15m).

Alderweireld had two years left on his contract but was keen to leave and has moved for a fee believed to be £13m. The Belgium international made 236 appearances for Spurs after joining from Atlético Madrid in 2015 and was an integral part of the side that mounted back-to-back Premier League title challenges and got to the Champions League final.

A Spurs statement said: “We have reached agreement with Al-Duhail SC in Qatar for the transfer of Toby Alderweireld. We wish Toby all the best for the future.”

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