Jose Mourinho wants to complete Manchester United’s third summer signing before the World Cup starts on Thursday.
That’s according to The Sun, per the Manchester Evening News. The report says that the Old Trafford club wants to seal a £50million deal for Toby Alderweireld.
Apparently, the two clubs are in talks about the 29-year-old, who’s future at White Hart Lane is up in the air. The defender has a release clause that comes into play next summer, meaning that if Spurs want to sell him for more than that £40million clause, they’ll have to move him on this summer.
Although the report says that Alderweireld isn’t on the top of Mourinho’s wishlist, there is no denying that he’d significantly improve United’s starting line-up. Alongside Eric Bailly, that’s certainly a formidable duo – on paper at least.
The man from Belgium is strong, great in the air and a real leader – which is exactly what’s needed in a Mourinho team. His experience would be absolutely vital, and no doubt he’d help improve the young defenders around him – like Victor Lindelof and the aforementioned Bailly.
Honestly, United should pay whatever it takes to get this move done. It’d be an astute signing, but as we all know, Spurs are notoriously tough negotiators.