Manchester United are reportedly planning a £50m offer for Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld.
The Belgium international has been reluctant to extend his Spurs stay beyond June 2019 after the club’s hierarchy refused to double his current wages £50000-a-week.
As such, Mauricio Pochettino is facing the prospect of losing his prized defensive asset this summer and United are supposedly weighing up an approach for the Belgian centre-back.
According to The Sun, Jose Mourinho’s side are prepared to lodge a £50m bid for the 29-year-old with the promise of a bumper rise on his current salary at north London.
Alderweireld is undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s best defenders in his position and his current valuation could be regarded as a bargain regardless of his age.
Eric Bailly has been United’s leading performer despite his injury concerns over the past two seasons and Alderweireld could potentially form a permanent partnership with the Ivorian for the next few years.
Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo have all earned sufficient opportunities at the heart of the defence but each of them have been prone to positional mistakes which have cost United especially in the away games.