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Manchester United are closely monitoring Toby Alderweireld’s contract situation at Tottenham, according to reports.
The centre-back will become a free agent in the summer of 2019 and has an incredibly a very low release clause of just €30 million that will become applicable this summer
€30 million price tag is very low in today’s market considering the transfers Virgil van Dijk to Man United’s fiercest rivals Liverpool FC from Southampton for 75 Million pounds, John Stones to Man United’s noisy neighbourhood rivals Manchester City for 50 Million pounds.
Manchester City were involved in another expensive defensive reinforcement in the January transfer window after the club confirmed the signing of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for a rumoured fee of 62 million pounds. Laporte, by considering the transfer fee terms, will officially become the most expensive footballer ever in Manchester City’s history surpassing the previous record (55 million pounds) held by their star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
As such, José Mourinho’s men are thought to be considering Alderweireld, the 28-year-old as an option at the end of the season if he continues to bat away new contract offers from the north London side.
The local paper insists that United are actually prioritising a new central midfielder, but would jump at the chance to sign Alderweireld for such a low price.
The defender was left out of Tottenham’s squad for the Champions League clash against Juventus this week, with manager Mauricio Pochettino saying it was “for the sake of his career”.