3rd August, 2018
Manchester United are known to be in search of a solution their central defence challenges – an area of the team that proved to be their Achilles Heel in the last season.
In their bid to solve this problem, they contacted F.C. Barcelona and Yerry Mina to see if they can secure his services and seem to have agreed terms with Barca to achieve their aim.
That however is not enough for Manchester United as the club has continued to chase the likes of Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and of course, Alderweireld who is presently on the payroll of Tottenham Hotspurs.
Despite rumours in certain quarters that the Tottenham defender is quite favourably disposed towards a move to Old Trafford, it is almost impossible for a deal to be agreed on in this transfer window.
The main obstacle to the player joining Manchester United is the £75m price tag placed on him by his present employers – Tottenham Hotspurs.
The player reportedly has decided to snub all other offers in favour of a move to Old Trafford and is even ready to run his contract down over the next 12 months if that need arises. The challenge is not in Tottenham refusing to sell but in their refusal to lower their £75m price tag placed on the player.
Reports have it that the player has just one year left on his current deal and Spurs have the option to trigger a one-year extension but that new contract would include a release clause allowing the 29-year-old to leave for just £25m next summer.
And so for Tottenham Hotspurs, this situation is like the proverbial “being between the devil and the deep blue sea”.
To worsen matters for the London club, Alderweireld has refused to sign a new deal at White Hart Lane.