According to Manchester Evening News (MEN), Premier League giants Manchester United are once again planning to raid another big six side as they’re looking to lure Toby Alderweireld away from the clutches of Mauricio Pochettino and White Hart Lane this summer.
Since joining from Atletico Madrid, the Belgian has established himself as one of the best defenders in the league. Apart from being technically good and doing his defensive duties with utmost perfection, he has also emerged as a leader for the North London outfit and has been a vocal organiser at the back for them.
Alderweireld’s formed a seamless understanding with countryman Jan Vertonghen, and the duo played a pivotal role in guiding Spurs to a top two finish last season. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has also benefited from the exceptional bond the two Belgians share in front of him.
However, this season, things have not gone as per plan for Alderweireld as he has missed several league games through injury. Now, back in training and playing in the FA Cup tie at Rochdale, it seems that the Belgian has made a comeback just at the right time to help Spurs challenge for the Champions League and ensure that they finish in the top four.
It is also essential that he returns to the form he showcased last season as the World Cup is only a few months away and he is undoubtedly their first-choice centre back option.
While there are a number of positives he brings to the Spurs setup, the club are still unconvinced whether he deserves an extension, given his recent run with injuries. They are reportedly unwilling to give him a pay hike in his contract that expires at the end of next season.
United will undoubtedly be willing to match his asking rate and will now be looking to capitalise on the uncertainty looming over his future. It is reported that there is a £25 million release clause in his contract which can be activated in the summer of 2019.
But it seems clear that Jose Mourinho wants to bring the Belgian to Old Trafford this summer given the lack of quality in the defensive department and could pay slightly over the top to secure the services of the Spurs centre back.