One of Manchester United’s top priorities during the summer transfer window is getting the signature of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld.
The 29-year old had an injury-laden season for Tottenham Hotspur in 2017-18 with coach Mauricio Pochettino seldom opting for Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen after his return from the hamstring injury he sustained in October. Although, he went on to play four of Spurs’ remaining five games of the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho is keen to land the Belgium defender in Old Trafford to partner Eric Bailly.
Tottenham however, have a condition. If the Red Devils are to acquire the services of Alderweireld, then they would have to raise their current offer of £50 million by another £20 million.
Not lately, Alderweireld claimed that Tottenham hold the key to his future. He said, “I have another two years contract. Tottenham decides about my future. Of course I have my own idea. But that is not the case now.”
Provided Manchester United sign Alderweireld, then it will be their first deal with Tottenham Hotspur since signing Dimitar Berbatov in 2009.
United got Berbatov’s signature in a controversial manner even though Spurs were having an agree with Manchester City at the time. Since then, the two clubs haven’t been able to negotiate on any deal.
Alderweireld is currently on international duty with Belgium at the 2018 World Cup. He has played all but one of Belgium’s matches so far. He also provided the long ball from which Eden Hazard scored his second goal against Tunisia.