Southampton have threatened to take legal action against Atletico Madrid if they sell their centre-back star Toby Alderweireld to anybody other than them, according to Sky Sports.
Alderweireld has already been linked with clubs such as Liverpool and Tottenham over the summer but the Saints claim they have a contract which states that they can sign him for £6.5million.
The clause in the contract states that at the end of the loan period Southampton have the chance to sign Alderweireld for said fee.
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However, Atletico had the chance to cancel that clause by a certain date, as long as they paid £1.5m to the Saints in compensation. Atletico have tried to cancel this by using that clause, but, according to Southampton, they did it too late and so that clause was made void.
So, Atletico had the chance to cancel what is essentially a pretty ludicrous clause in the loan agreement. They failed to cancel it in time, meaning that Southampton can now sign Alderweireld for a mere £6.5m.
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This is all according to the the Saints but Madrid are yet to break their silence on the matter. Sky Sports have reported that Alderweireld would be happy to sign for either Southampton or Tottenham, who are the other team that have been continuously mentioned.
However, Southampton have said that they will consider taking legal action should he be sold to anybody other than them, because of the aforementioned clause. Ronald Koeman has already stated a desire to keep the Netherlands born defender, saying: "The player likes to stay, we like to keep the player but it's a little difficulty at the moment with Atletico Madrid, I have a good hope he will stay for Southampton."
Last season the defender was excellent in the Premier League, putting in some phenomenal performances at the back for the Saints. It's not too far to say that if it wasn't for him they might not have had quite as good a season as they eventually did. He would be a great signing for either club when this situation eventually resolves itself.
I think that Atletico will eventually just succumb to the wishes of Southampton and accept that they messed up in the contract, just to avoid this becoming an ongoing thing. It's better for both clubs that it gets resolved as soon as possible so that they can concentrate on getting ready for the new season.
Southampton fans, do you think you deserve to sign Alderweireld now? Is there a chance he might join Spurs? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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