The transfer window provides much cause for excitement, and often plenty of room for disappointment too.
Numerous sagas have lifted the expectations of supporters quite high throughout the period, and now that it races to its final days, a few long-drawn deals may finally see the light of the day.
This may be particularly true with regard to Manchester United’s earnest pursuits for a centre-back, an apt leader in the heart of their defense.
Numerous names have been linked with the Red Devils, but now it seems increasingly likely that deadline day will see the arrival of the most obvious one.
According to numerous reports, Manchester United will soon have a deal in place for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian has arguably been Mourinho’s most sought-after man this window, and the cycle may finally break.
Spurs were being stubborn negotiators with the hopes that either United would purchase for an outrageous amount, or that the 29-year-old would sign a fresh contract with them. However, neither event seems likely to occur now.
With the player’s price going significantly down next window due to a contract clause, it seems very unlikely that the club will hold onto him for a mere year just to make a tremendous loss in a few months.
As of now, a more realistic price tag of £50 million is being reported as the fee that is being agreed to by both sides.
It seems as though the summer long game of chicken between Manchester United and Tottenham could come to an end this week. Alderweireld had been the first choice target but price seemed prohibitive. You'd imagine £50 million might be enough this week.
— Chris Winterburn (@cmwinterburn) August 4, 2018
This interesting clause may have been played brilliantly by United, who over the past days have been linked to a host of talents in the coveted spot.
While Harry Maguire’s chances were squashed by Leicester City, solid murmurs began with regard to Yerry Mina moving to Old Trafford from Barcelona.
However, all of this could have also been clever attempts on part of the Mancunian giants to bring Tottenham to their knees with regard to this deal. Will it work, and a smart deadline day move ensure?