Man United won’t be activating Alderweireld’s £25m release clause for two key reasons: report

Manchester United need a new centre-back, while amongst fans, all roads point to Toby Alderweireld. With his £25million release clause now in effect, it seems a no-brainer to get the deal done for an experienced, Premier League proven defender, right?

Well, not according to the Manchester Evening News, who state that the Red Devils’ interest in the 30-year-old ‘practically ended’ the moment Jose Mourinho was sacked.

The MEN state that Alderweireld doesn’t fit the mould of the signings Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to make. The Baby Faced Assassin is trying to get away from ‘short-termism’, instead, targeting young, preferably British players.

Apparently, a move for Harry Maguire is more in line with what Solskjaer is trying to achieve, although it does reflect unfavourably that the Englishman was also targeted by Mourinho before he lost his job…

To hear that United won’t be activating Alderweireld’s bargain release clause is disappointing. He does feel like the perfect player at this point in time, and I’d much prefer to see him in the team rather than Phil Jones or Marcos Rojo.

However, you do understand the reasoning behind it. Too many times recently, United have been caught with their pants down when spending money on the ready-made player – so the club does hold every right to approach any move for Alderweireld with caution…

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