Manchester United have already signed Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and right-back Diogo Dalot from FC Porto. And now, the club has set its eyes on Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld.
According to a report in Telegraph, the Belgian stated that he has no idea where he will be plying his trade in the upcoming season, and United are in the race to go for the kill.
But there are certain complexities with Spurs being adamant in not parting ways with a trusted asset, who has two more years left on his contract.
The experienced player played the last four games of Tottenham’s 2017-18 season after an injury-laden time that led him to be out of favour.
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The centre-back appeared in just 21 games across all competitions last season. He is currently preparing for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
As per reports, the Spurs defender is believed to the be the ideal player for Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham are aware of United’s interest, and could demand a fee in the region of £55m if they do agree on a deal. However, the 29-year-old is uninterested in signing a new deal.
United have a plethora of central defenders, including the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, and Eric Bailly. But despite all these options, Jose wants the Belgian to partner either Smalling or Bailly in the upcoming campaign.
The Red Devils had their tryst of injuries last season with their defensive options, and never had a settled central pair, with only Smalling playing consistently enough. Will that change next season?