Tottenham Hotspur are willing to offload Manchester United target Toby Alderweireld in the summer following a dispute over his wages, according to reports.
The Belgian defender, who arrived at White Hart Lane in 2o15, played a fundamental role under Mauricio Pochettino in his opening two seasons at the club.
But injury problems and a growingly strained relationship with Pochettino has reduced him to just ten Premier League appearances this term, prompting reports suggesting Jose Mourinho was interested in acquiring his services.
And according to the Times‘ Matt Hughes, Alderweireld will be allowed to leave in the summer after he rejected the club’s latest offer of £110,000 a week, demanding a sum of £150,000 instead – an amount Spurs are unwilling to sanction for a player who turns 29 next week.
United have more pressing areas in need of addressing ahead of the transfer window – namely the midfield and full back areas – but if Mourinho, as reported recently, does decide to part way with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling then plucking Alderweireld from Spurs would be a masterstroke.
Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly provide a strong defensive bedrock but, aside from the former (who hardly plays anyway), there is precious little quality when it comes to playing out from the back – a kind of neurosis, if you will, that can occasionally permeate United’s overall buildup.
And having the Belgian – a confident, imposing customer on the ball – would add some zip and confidence to United’s often uncertain back line.