Man United are determined to keep hold of Anthony Martial in any prospective transfer offer they make for Belgian international Toby Alderweireld, who is currently contracted to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Spurs are interested in adding depth to their forward and wing ranks, and Martial may be the perfect fit for them as far as Premier League players with contract standoffs are concerned.
They are dealing with a standoff of their own, however, as their veteran center-back had a fallout with manager Mauricio Pochettino, and fell out of contention for the starting lineup during the remainder of last season
The out-of-favour center-back would bolster the United backline significantly. He was a major feature of the Spurs’ league-leading defense in the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
The defender is rumoured to have been asking for a new contract worth in the region of £150,000 per week.
Tottenham, a club notorious for being picky-and-choosy with the size of their player contracts, don’t offer even Harry Kane – their Premier League top-scorer for the seasons before this one – a weekly wage amounting to that sum.
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Their wage bill and structure resembles that of a middling Premier League team, whereas fellow top-4 finishers like United and City have emptied their pockets for their star players.
United’s French wonderboy-turned-man, however, has no such issues with his wages, but his issue rather lies with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January.
This new transfer was a signal that Mourinho had started looking beyond Martial, who only started 4 times in the Premier League over the next 3 months.
Alderweireld’s contract contains a £25 million release clause, whereas Martial was purchased from Monaco for an initial fee over £50 million, adjusted for inflation.
United are hoping to hold on to the former European Golden Boy award winner, however, and will be loath to aid their league rivals in their pursuit for an improved squad.