Toby Alderweireld looks set to become the second Atlético defender to leave this week after Atlético agreed a €16 million fee with Tottenham Hotspur.
The Belgian centre-back spent the whole of last season on the south coast of England with Southampton, and was thought to be close to a permanent move.
The Saints even had the option to buy Toby for €10 million at the end of the agreement, but Atleti seem to have instead taken up the option of paying a €2 million penalty fee to cancel the clause, and sell to the highest bidder.
The Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is reported to have flown to Madrid this weekend to tie up the move. The deal is reported to be worth €16 million plus a potential €2 million in bonuses.
Alderweireld only joined Atlético in the summer of 2013 for €7 million, so the move represents a tidy profit for Atleti.
Chelsea were also interested in Toby, but for once, one of our players has decided to not move to Stamford Bridge. The Belgian has decided to join his compatriots Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli at White Hart Lane.
Following Miranda out of the Calderón, Toby’s departure opens up the door to sign another central defender, with Atleti heavily linked with Chancel Mbemba of Anderlecht.