With the FA Cup final being the sole event of importance left on Manchester United’s calendar, Jose Mourinho is bound to have one eye on the transfer window as well.
Defensive woes may have come into the bigger picture at Old Trafford. Apart from Luke Shaw’s looming departure, which triggers a need for an apt left-back, the Red Devils may also be considering purchasing centre-backs as reinforcements.
Multiple reports have been doing the rounds about a potential world-class arrival, with Umtiti dominating those headlines. However, United’s saving grace may arrive closer to home.
As per Standard Sport, United are confident of signing Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham this summer.
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Spurs have allegedly failed to agree to a new contract with the Belgian, with his current £50,000-a-week wage package thought to be well short of the desired £120,000-a-week. The offer from Old Trafford is said to be in the range of £40m and above, and may be agreed upon.
With the resultant cash, the London club will be quick to buy a replacement, and they are said to be in talks with Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax. The 18-year-old is rated at £50 million, and has big pursuers of his own.
However, the former deal may have some chinks yet, as relations are considered tense between United and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. If negotiations are stalled any more, suitors like PSG and Chelsea may also come into the fray to sign the 29-year-old.
As things stand, United’s offer is the superior one of the bunch, and in addition to meeting the player’s wage demands, will also sign him on for the long term.
Further, a twist in the saga could come in the form of a clause in Alderweireld’s contract, which has two years left. According to it, if he stays another year, any side can purchase him for as little as £25 million.
What will the Red Devils do to solve this dilemma?