Man United report: Toby Alderweireld talks stall as Tottenham make huge demand

Rex Christensen
June 9, 2018

Manchester United's attempts to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly stalled due to a disagreement over the transfer fee.

United had hoped to get the deal done prior to the World Cup, but with Belgium jetting off to Russian Federation on Friday, it now seems unlikely that this will be the case.

It is claimed Spurs are demanding more than the £55million United thought would be enough to land the 29-year-old.

The newspaper says Lenglet has a £31m release clause in his contract so he'll be significantly cheaper than Alderweireld and he's also seven years his junior so a deal for the Frenchman makes a lot of sense.

Despite Spurs' strong stance on the defender's price, there remains incentive to sell Alderweireld this summer, with the Belgian having only two years remaining on his current contract.

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United are hoping to reach a compromise although sources have told ESPN FC that Tottenham are not willing to strengthen a direct rival without driving a hard bargain.

Spurs believe that after Liverpool secured the services for Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton in the January transfer market for a record fee of £75 million, Alderweireld comes under the same bracket of established centre-backs in the Premier League.

United, meanwhile, are willing to look elsewhere if they can not reach an agreement.

Mourinho is said to have identified a few alternatives should a move for Alderweireld not happen. Raphael Varane, who Mourinho signed for Real Madrid, is also an option, as is Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng.

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