Premier League side Southampton FC are all set to take legal actions against La Liga side Atletico Madrid over Toby Alderweireld’s transfer issue. Toby Alderweireld who had joined Diego Simeone’s side in 2013 was sent to Southamton on loan after just one season. As per the Saints’ claim, the club has a £6.8 million agreement in place to sign the 26-year-old as part of his year-long loan spell last season.
According to Sky Sports‘ reports, another Premier league side Tottenham Hotspur are keen on signing the Belgian defender and bolster their defense. Atletico too are ready to start negotiations with the club. This act of Atletico Madrid stirred the controversy and Southampton’s are now considering of taking legal steps.
Atletico need to buy Alderweireld out of their agreement with Saints for a fee of £1.5 m in order to be able to sell him to another club. Their was a particular time period within which the La Liga club should have pursued the deal. Now as the time period is over Southamton are claiming that Toby Alderweireld will be sold only to them and not to any other team.
The 26-year-old defender is understably interested in playing at either of the clubs. He had a good season with Southampton last time. He played 26 Premier League matches last time and did a commendable job.
Only force which might drive him to Tottenham Hotspur is that he will be able to play alongside Jan Vertonghen, Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele. Recently, Vertongen was quoted by the media saying: “Toby is welcome. There are already a lot of good players around with us, but every footballer with quality is welcome.”
This issue will surely grab a lot of attention and Atletico might find it difficult to sell the player at a higher price.