Toby Alderweireld is still yet to commit his future to Tottenham as his contract talks continue.
The centre-back, who won the club’s Player of the Season award last term, has once again been instrumental in the Lilywhites’ success over the course of the campaign.
Mauricio Pochettino may well face a battle to hold onto several of his key players this summer, but Alderweireld is seen as particularly irreplaceable.
It was reported in the Times earlier this week that the Belgian was reluctant to sign a new deal unless it included a release clause, with Manchester City monitoring the situation.
Inevitably, amid the interest from City, wages are also proving an issue. The defender is aware that he could earn significantly more were he to switch to the Etihad, as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy enforces a strict wage structure.
The Daily Mail now claim that Alderweireld wants parity with Harry Kane, doubling his wages from £50,000 to £110,000 a week.
It’s not being seen as an urgent matter by the club as the former Atletico Madrid and Southampton man isn’t out of contract until 2020, but it would be a worrying dent in their project if he did refuse to extend.