Paper Talk: Spurs demand £75m for Man Utd target; Arsenal eye Nice raid

Date published: Thursday 24th May 2018 8:23 - Rob McCarthy

Tottenham have reportedly upped the price for Toby Alderweireld as Man Utd open talks for the defender, while Arsenal are looking to land a midfielder snubbed by France, according to Thursday’s papers.



Tottenham have reportedly opened negotiations with Manchester United for Toby Alderweireld, but Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is playing hardball again.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the Belgian international and is looking to take advantage of the 28-year-old’s contract impasse with the north London outfit.

Alderweireld is out of contract in 2020 and has so far failed to reach an agreement over a new deal, leading to strong speculation that he will be sold for a fee in the region of £55million.

However, the Daily Mirror claims that Spurs now want £75m for the former Southampton star – a fee closer to the one which Liverpool paid to land Virgil van Dijk in January.

Alderweireld cost Tottenham just £11.5m when he arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2015 and formed an outstanding partnership with international team-mate Jan Vertonghen at the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s defence.

However, injury and issues over his new contract have seen Alderweireld play second fiddle to the club’s record signing Davinson Sanchez this season, leading to talk that Spurs are prepared to let him leave.

The Belgian is expected to be one a of a number of Tottenham players to move on this summer, with the likes of Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Fernando Llorente and Moussa Sissoko also set to leave.


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