Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Man Utd remain in Spurs contact for Alderweireld this afternoon

Man Utd remain in Spurs contact for Alderweireld this afternoon

Despite being linked with approximately 300 centre-halves over the course of this summer, it's believed that Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld is his number one priority. It appears that the deal is conditional on Tottenham strengthening their own defence, hence the delay in an official announcement, though the Express report that Woodward has already told Mourinho that he has reached agreement to bring Alderweireld to Old Trafford.

It is common knowledge by now that Alderweireld is ready to call it quits at Tottenham after repeatedly rejecting renewal offers by the North Londoners over the last few months.

The lack of progress in the deal is also concerning Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is pushing for a swift conclusion to the Alderweireld saga as he looks to complete his first major signing of what has been a frustrating summer.

"He's come back with a good spirit and a fantastic attitude".

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However, Tottenham have played hardball in negotiations thus far, having barely budged from their initial valuation of the player.

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The 20-time English champions will only pay £40 million to land the Belgian worldwide, with their final offer of the same value already tabled to Tottenham.

The Mancunian giants are said to have opened talks with Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.

The disagreement between the team result in the increased interest in the Leicester City defender Harry Maguire but a fee of 75 million euros similar to that of Alderweireld put United off the deal.

However United are not giving up hope a transfer could still go through.

United are aware of the fact that Hotspurs can back-out from the deal anytime before the transfer deadline day, so United are searching for the alternative for the defender.

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