In December, Belgian newspaper Le Soir got all giddy with some Football Leaks material. It was one of several examples of the whole Football Leaks process going awry.
This wasn’t uncovering wrongdoing or shady practises, this was simply snooping at player’s contracts and hyping up confidential information into something it wasn’t.
Take Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris for example. Le Soir came up with the big claim that Lloris, as part of his Tottenham contract, receives bonuses for losing. In reality, Lloris receives a match bonus which is higher if the team win, but that doesn’t sound quite as exciting.
Toby Alderweireld was also dragged in, said to have a release clause of €30m. That was rubbished the same day. Alderweireld has a contract with Tottenham lasting until 2020 and that clause is only applicable in 2019 if Spurs activate other clauses. It’s pretty much worthless.
The clause is to protect Tottenham from losing Alderweireld on a free transfer if they take up their option to extend by a year, and he refuses.
Still, the Football Leaks legacy lives on and Sky Italia, via Gianluca Di Marzio, have suggested Inter Milan could use the clause. The amount is reported at €28m, one would assume for currency fluctuation, but it’s irrelevant anyway.
Inter, currently 7th in Serie A, are said to be keen on both Alderweireld and Kyle Walker. So keen are Inter, that it’s claimed contacts have already been made with Alderweireld’s entourage.
The defender is said to have already made it known he doesn’t want to renew with Tottenham.