Man Utd Could Finally Land Their Main Target In January After Mourinho’s Successful Scouting

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Manchester United could finally land their main defensive target in the January transfer window.

The Red Devils failed to add a defender to their ranks in the summer, despite being linked with several top-class players, one of which was Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.

The two clubs could not agree on a transfer sum for the Belgian in the summer, as Spurs valued him around of £60m, which United weren’t willing to shell out.

But according to reports, Manchester United may finally get hold of their target in a cut-price deal this January.

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Alderweireld is stated to be available for a significantly reduced price of £25.4m next summer, and that means a way could be carved out by the Old Trafford club for a January move.

Jose Mourinho recently watched the player in international colours, as the centre-back started for Roberto Martinez’ Belgian side in their UEFA Nations League encounter against Iceland.

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Given the highly inflated market prices, the Portuguese tactician will be happy to get a player of Toby’s quality for a rather lesser price.

United’s failure to land a top defender has seen them suffer on the pitch. The team that shipped in the second lowest tally of goals in the Premier League last season has managed just one clean sheet so far, with the defence being badly out of form.

The Mancunians are likely to sell players like Matteo Darmian and the injury-prone Marcos Rojo to free up space, as Alderweireld might not be the only winter arrival at United.