Manchester United are expected to bring in a new centre-back before the start of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign which kicks off in just over three weeks’ time against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday 10 August.
So far Jose Mourinho has signed full-back Diogo Dalot, central midfielder Fred and backup goalkeeper Lee Grant as we look to strengthen our squad for a title challenge.
One player who has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer is Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld.
The 29-year-old only made 11 Premier League starts for the North London club last season due to a combination of injuries and a reported falling out with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Alderweireld even has a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave for just £25 million next summer, meaning the Belgian international is widely expected to leave White Hart Lane this summer.
It now appears the centre-back is edging closer to his departure at Tottenham after attacking the club for not playing him regularly this past season.
Speaking after arriving back from the World Cup in Russia, Alderweireld did not hold back on his opinion of his current employers. The defender said:
“I was very focused on this tournament.
“I wanted to prove something to me, show that the period before the tournament in which I – for whatever reason – did not play, it was unjustified.
“I wanted to show that I’m still Toby, same as in November.”
It had been reported in previous weeks that we had backed out of our interest in the excellent centre-back because Tottenham are demanding an excessive £75 million for a player who will be available for one-third of that price in 12 months’ time.
However, it could just be a tactic employed by Jose Mourinho and Manchester United in order to bring the asking price down when Daniel Levy realises no one is going to match his asking price and that the player is no longer in Pochettino’s first team plans.
Toby Alderweireld has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League over the past couple of seasons, for both Southampton and Spurs. There’s no doubt he’d be an excellent signing for us to partner Eric Bailly for the next couple of seasons. We shall have to wait and see over the coming weeks if we can get a deal agreed with our Premier League rivals for that to happen…
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