Manchester United have reportedly been alerted by Tottenham’s decision to place a price tag on Toby Alderweireld, who is currently stalling on a new contract with the north London club.
The Belgium international is widely regarded as one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League, but his Spurs future is under question with his contract expiring in 15 months’ time.
According to Het Laatste Nieuws, the Capital outfit have decided on selling off the defender during the summer after failing to reach agreement over a probable extension beyond the summer of 2019.
Alderweireld is said to demand a £180,000-a-week package, which would match Virgil van Dijk’s pay at Liverpool, but Spurs remain reluctant to break from their strict wage policy and are sticking to their £120,000-a-week offer.
Jose Mourinho’s men have been regularly associated with the Belgian defender over the past month, and Spurs’ £43m valuation is likely to attract United’s interest, given his vast Premier League experience.
United have plenty of options at the heart of the defence with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly having all earned their opportunities to impress from the starting lineup.
However, Mourinho has yet to find the ideal partner for Bailly, and there is a sense that the club could part ways with one of Jones or Smalling during the next transfer window.
Whatever be the result, Alderweireld would instantly strengthen a position which has hampered Manchester United during the second half of the current season.