According to the Mirror, Tottenham and Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld has his heart set on Manchester United. The Red Devils have made enquiries about the defender and reportedly have been told they will have to pay £75million to sign Alderweireld before next week’s transfer deadline.
Alderweireld’s contract expires next summer
The 29-year-old’s contract in north London expires next summer. Spurs have the option of extending it next summer, but with the caveat that the extension will contain a release clause £25million.
It seems that the defender is willing to sit it out in north London, allow his contract to expire and move on for the reduced fee next summer. However, the Red Devils may well have moved to alternative defensive targets by then.
One of the best centre-backs in the Premier League
Prior to contract negotiations between the player and Tottenham breaking down, Alderweireld was regarded by many as one of the best all-around centre-backs in Premier League.
He was a mainstay in the Tottenham defence alongside compatriot Jan Vertonghen. However, as soon as the contract talks stalled, the defender found himself frozen out of the first-team picture. If the situation continues without him leaving, then it is hard to see any way back for the defender at Tottenham.
United linked with other targets
It seems to be an open secret that United boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign a new centre-back this summer. While Alderweireld appears to be their first choice, he is now the Red Devils only option.
Leicester seems to have priced United out of a move for England international Harry Maguire. However, Mourinho’s men are now being linked with a move for Barcelona’s Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina. Everton and Wolves were also believed to be interested in the centre-back.
It seems unlikely that we have heard the last of the Alderweireld to Manchester United story this summer. In fact, this story could go until next summer.
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