Man Utd confident over securing £40m-plus Tottenham defender

Date published: Tuesday 15th May 2018 1:37

Manchester United are ready to spend in excess of £40million to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham this summer.

The Evening Standard reports that United are confident they will land the Belgium international, who is currently on holiday in Greece.

Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy are believed to have agreed to sell the 29-year-old centre-back this summer after failing to tie him down to a new contract.

The Belgian is out of contract in June 2019 and contract talks collapsed after he was apparently “unhappy” at the club’s offer of £110,000 per week, plus bonuses.

The centre-back, who is currently on around £50,000, was believed to be chasing a £140,000 a week and he has a clause in his existing deal which contains a one-year extension option, to summer 2020, but triggering that option would also activate a £25million release clause, which would kick in in the summer of 2019, as long as a transfer was completed at least 14 days before the closure of the window.

The report claims United are “prepared to pay him considerably more than Spurs’ final proposal”, while Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are also interested.

PSG are believed to be United’s biggest rivals for the player, with Chelsea said to be targeting Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles ahead of Alderweireld.

Pochettino is understood to be keen on replacing Alderweireld with Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt.

German outlet Bild reported that Spurs had scouts watching Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard earlier this year.



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