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Manchester United willing to spend £55m on Toby Alderweireld this summer…

Manchester United are reportedly seeking a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for Belgian central defender Toby Alderweireld this summer. The deal is said to be worth around £55 million. Last week reports materialised stating United’s interest in the player with the reports suggesting a deal could be worth £40 million. The Manchester Evening News reported this news earlier on Monday. There is obviously going to be a lot of clickbait this summer but my opinion is that a player such as Alderweireld would be needed at United this summer.

It is suggested that this deal if it does happen, would be the most expensive back line addition at the club, which Jose Mourinho is not yet convinced by. In the last two summers, Mourinho has spent £30 million on Eric Bailly and the same amount on Victor Lindelof – the latter has had a season of settling in, has been linked by the media as being a player who could be loaned out next season, which could be the season he is judged on, whether at United or on loan. United are also said to be interested in a right-back and a left-back.

Spurs are resigned to losing Alderweireld this summer after the 19-year-old announced that he would not be signing a new deal at the club – who will embark on a new journey next season, playing in a new stadium where White Hart Lane once stood. In a year’s time, if Alderweireld remained at Spurs, a clause in his contract would be activated which could see him leave the club for £25 million, a steal of a deal for a player considered the best defender in the Premier League. Spurs will want to sell him for a high fee this summer though.

Spurs are said to be keen to offload Alderweireld, along with Vincent Janssen, Fernando Llorente, Moussa Sissoko, and Danny Rose, a player who has been linked to United several times over the last year or so. Mauricio Pochettino challenged Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to be ‘brave’ this summer, investing in a new squad which could achieve something at their new home. Although they have qualified for the UEFA Champions League three years running, a trophy has evaded them for a decade now. Pochettino said:

“We need to talk a lot between us and the club. I think I have a very clear idea of what we need to do. I don’t know if the club will agree with me or not, but we are going to talk next week to create what I think we need to do together again, to try to improve.

“That is a little bit up to Daniel and the club, of course, to agree with us because, after four years, I think we need to assess that period if we want to compete for big, big trophies. I think all that we achieved until today is fantastic but it will be so important to create again.

“The club’s ambition is always to win but it is not easy to find the way. I think it is so important that we are going to move to the new stadium, but not only that is going to make us close to winning.

“I think they’re going to listen to me, of course, but sometimes I have some crazy ideas. But you need to be brave in this kind of situation, in our club with our unbelievable fans, and take risks. I think it’s a moment for the club to take risks and try to be competitive.”

Alderweireld has been sidelined for three months this season due to a hamstring injury but despite being fit, Pochettino overlooked the player in the latter stages of the season. Despite being 29, Alderweireld would be a great signing for United. He is proven in the Premier League, experienced at both club and country levels and has been picked as part of the Belgium squad for the FIFA World Cup this summer, so could be a player for United supporters to feast their eyes on, amongst others.

Having a player with the qualities Alderweireld would bring to the Theatre of Dreams would be worth the money and the stability a signing such as his would bring to United’s defence. Having Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof is great and a year ago the prospect of the pair being at United was touted as a Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand type partnership. That has not worked as well as it could have. The future of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, either one of them of both, will most likely be up in the air this summer as the pair have failed at times, one more than another.

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