Real Madrid are reportedly set to enter the race for Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld amid rumours that talks between the north London club and the centre-back over a new contract "are close to breaking point".
Tottenham have been in talks with Alderweireld about a new deal for the Belgium worldwide, but Spurs' wage cap is proving to be a stumbling block.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed Alderweireld needed to work on his fitness after recently returning from a long-term hamstring injury, despite the defender insisting he was fit to play.More news: Chelsea bomber sentenced to rot away in prison
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According to John Cross in the Mirror, Alderweireld has a complex contract with Spurs that could be extended from 2019 until 2020, but only at the cost of a £25 million release clause being activated, which would be available for other clubs to meet at the end of next season.
So, unless Tottenham can tie Alderweireld down to a new contract over the coming months they may be forced to cash-in this summer or risk losing the defender for just £25m the following year.
As we reported earlier in the week the 28-year-old was left out of Spurs squad for their 2-2 Champions League draw away to Juventus on Tuesday, despite declaring himself fully fit.