Manchester United are in the process of a rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
There is no shortage of positions that need to be strengthened, but inflated transfer fees are proving problematic for all of Europe’s top clubs.
The Champions League finalists chose to exercise the option to extend the Belgian’s deal for a further year, but it meant he would be available for the bargain fee.
His performances across the last four years at Tottenham have established him among the best central defenders in the league.
Had United previously tried to sign him Tottenham would have been able to name their price.
But now the power is no longer with the north London club and £25m, in the current market, is small change to a host of clubs.
Yet there has been no move for the 30-year-old as they continue to put all their resources into pursuing Harry Maguire.
The Red Devils have considered moving for Alderweireld before, but have not returned since and the defender is set for a prolonged stay in the capital.
Asked whether he still envisaged playing for Tottenham in their season opener against Aston Villa, he replied: “Yes. That’s my focus.
“In football everything can go quick but all I’m doing is focusing on Spurs and being fit for the start of the season.
“I think the manager knows I am committed to the club and the team but you never know in football.”
Alderweireld has formed an impressive partnership with compatriot Jan Vertonghen at the heart of the Spurs defence.
Columbian Davinson Sanchez also provides competition for the two Belgians.
Tottenham’s defence has already lost an established member in Kieran Trippier, who left for Atletico Madrid, and Danny Rose could soon follow.