Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld wanted the club to triple his salary to £150,000 during contract talks that ultimately broke down, reports The Times.
Spurs triggered a one-year extension to the Belgium international’s current deal in January, which reportedly sees him earn £53,000 per week.
However, as part of that deal, Alderweireld can leave if any club meets a release clause of around £26 million.
Two years into the four-year deal he signed in 2015, Spurs were keen to get the defender to sign a new deal without a release clause but he refused on two occasions.
Furthermore, The Times states that when talks resumed, Alderweireld asked for around £150,000 per week, to which Tottenham were unwilling to agree.
However, the report claims Spurs may ask the Belgian to re-enter negotiations in the close season as they risk losing one of their star performers.
Since returning from injury, Alderweireld has been on good form for Tottenham and has made 34 appearances in all competitions this season.
“I am happy with his performance, he is playing, he is not injured and that’s important and I think he is doing a very important season,” The Times quoted his manager Mauricio Pochettino as saying.
Under the terms of his current deal, Spurs risk losing him for nothing next summer or for a price well below what they feel he is worth before then – particularly if other clubs step up their interest on the back of his recent form.
Therefore, they may be open to offering him a substantial wage increase even if they will not countenance paying him three times as much as he currently earns.