Jose Mourinho is hoping to finalize a move for Toby Alderweireld before the World Cup.
The Red Devils have been quick off the blocks this summer. They completed the signing of 19-year old Diogo Dalot from Porto, whilst also reaching an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for midfielder Fred.
Mourinho’s next goal is to improve the central defence. The Portuguese boss is a huge fan of Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld. Over the past weeks, Manchester United and Tottenham have been in extensive talks over a move for the defender.
Mauricio Pochettino reportedly intends to hold on to Alderweireld, but the 29-year old is stalling talks over a new contract, as he wants higher wages.
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According to reports, United are ready to spend £50 million for the defender this summer. But Spurs are hoping to get a fee in the range of £75 million – the amount Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January.
The Red Devils have already prepared a £120,000-a-week package for the Belgian international, which is way more than what Spurs offered him in their latest contract offer.
Mourinho is desperate to sign Alderweireld, and The Sun believes that the United boss is hoping that the clubs can come to an agreement before the World Cup starts on Thursday.
The Mancunian giants are also believed to be prepared to throw in a player to increase their chances of signing Alderweireld, especially since Spurs have been interested in signing United’s out of favor starlet Anthony Martial all summer.
A source close to United has revealed: “The club want two or three more signings at least this summer. Jose is keen to improve across the board.”
Along with a centre-back, Manchester United are also said to be looking to add one more midfielder and a left-back to their squad before the start of next season.