Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Tottenham demanding £70m for Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham demanding £70m for Toby Alderweireld

Manchester United's attempts to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham Hotspur reportedly reach an impasse as Spurs hold out for an improved offer. Tottenham are commanding over £55 million for the Belgian defender, which has led to a transfer standoff between the two Premier League heavyweights.

"I would love Toby to stay because I believe he is the best defender in the world when he is right at it, but we will see where it goes from here". The Belgian worldwide was a mainstay in the Spurs defence prior to an injury last season.

The Belgium international's situation has been further complicated by a clause in his current contract which states he can be sold for just £35m next summer unless he signs a new deal before then.

The claims that United are prepared to walk away from talks over Alderweireld's sale may well be a bargaining position from Old Trafford chiefs, who appreciate Spurs have already made a decision to sell the player this summer after he refused to sign a new contract.

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United have already got a couple of bits of business done this summer.

Spurs have attempted to tie him down to a new contract, but are refusing to meet his wage demands after he turned down an offer of around £120,000 a week.

The player's addition would be much welcome at Old Trafford too, with Jose Mourinho cutting a frustrated figure over his side's defensive output in the second half of the 2017-18 season. As a result, Alderweireld is a player who could add some stability at the back for Manchester United and should ideally take little time to settle at Old Trafford.

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