Swap deals, or rather their speculations, refuse to go away. The exchange of players with an occasional involvement of cash to sweeten the deal, while a great prospect on paper, is simply not practical when one goes into the bare bones of it all.
This is the reason why there are actually very few deals of this nature, and with transfers seeking to become more individual sagas in a bid for shirt sales and fresh hype, straight deals are often preferred.
This doesn’t stop the rumormongers from speculating, and the most recent combination involved reports of a potential swap of Anthony Martial and Toby Alderweireld.
Manchester United are eager to sign the Belgian defender, and Tottenham have been reportedly intent on signing the talented Frenchman, who has been frustrated with the lack of game time at Old Trafford.
Now, Jose Mourinho may have his say on the possibility.
As per MEN, Jose Mourinho has no intention whatsoever for letting the business become a swap deal in nature.
The report adds that should both deals go through, United prefer that they will function as independent pieces of business, akin to how Romelu Lukaku headed to Old Trafford last season while Wayne Rooney returned to his boyhood club.
As of now, it is thought that Spurs are the party intent on making this exchange. It is interesting to note that the London club are in a precarious position.
They have been strong in their stance to not sell the 29-year-old, and certainly not for prices that United have tried to negotiate, despite the player himself having only a year left on his contract.
At the same time, the hope of landing the 22-year-old Martial has also been brewing quite strongly. The youngster being unhappy aids their prospect, but at the end of the day, it does seem likely that the two deals will be of separate natures, if at all.