Manchester United have had a great past week in terms of transfer deals secured. However, what was expected by many fans in terms of more deals being finalized in the run-up to the World Cup simply hasn’t occurred.
Jose Mourinho was expected to address issues in the central defense next, as well as bring in a proper left-back. While there have been plenty of players linked to the Mancunian side over the past weeks who fall in these positions, no progress seems to have been made.
One area in particular where United have faced a roadblock is in their pursuit of Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, and now, there is a major update regarding the same.
According to the Independent, Manchester United have made their stance clear on the negotiating table. It is believed that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been playing hardball for quite a while now regarding the sale of the 29-year-old.
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The report adds that United are willing to offer up to £55 million for the Belgian’s services. However, this figure hasn’t been accepted by Tottenham, who are reported to be holding out for an amount as high as £75 million.
Further, the reasoning behind the price-tag appears to be that Levy will only accept a bid similar to what the likes of Virgil van Dijk was purchased for.
However, United refuse to be bullied in this manner, and for once, this may work in their favour.
Alderweireld has in his contract a clause that stipulates that his asking price will go down to £25 million next season itself. Thus, it works in United’s favour to wait a year and purchase him for the reduced price.
But this may not occur, as Spurs won’t be eager to give away the player at a loss, particularly not after making it more or less clear that he has no place at the lub by not offering him a renewed deal with better wages.
Incidentally, that alleged refusal was what started this whole saga in the first place.