Manchester United could complete signing of Toby Alderweireld “sooner than expected” – report

Manchester United could complete signing of Toby Alderweireld “sooner than expected” – report

Manchester United could complete the signing of Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld “sooner rather than later”, according to Sam Pilger, the former editor of the official club magazine.

Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for further reinforcements at centre back after a season hallmarked continued absences for Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

Alderweireld has emerged as an obvious option after being told he can leave Tottenham Hotspur amid a contract dispute with the club.

And according to Pilger, Man United are edging closer to signing Alderweireld and could secure his services before the World Cup.

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This interjection from Pilger, whose words carry authority, came soon after it was reported by the Mirror that Spurs had opened talks with United about a potential move for Alderweireld.

There is a hope among the Spurs hierarchy that they can engineer a move to Alderweireld’s former club Ajax in exchange for promising youngster Matthijs de Ligt, but the Dutch side are unlikely to let go of such a talented player and indeed lose yet another top defender to the same club for a successive summer.

Spurs are, as Sir Alex Ferguson has noted, an absolute nightmare to negotiate with. But in this case there is a determination to move on Alderweireld, whose relationship with Mauricio Pochettino has gone cold. Mourinho will no doubt be determined to capitalise.

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