- Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are tracking Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham
- The Belgian international is being looked at as the backup for Harry Maguire
- Maguire has become Man United’s top target this summer following his amazing performance at the World Cup
Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United team are in the states right now preparing to take on Liverpool tonight in a preseason friendly before they return to England for their final preparation ahead of the 2018-2019 season.
Latest Man Utd transfer rumors circle around a couple of defenders who have been constantly linked with the Red Devils, especially since the World Cup in Russia ended. Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld are being chased by Mourinho, however, it looks like the Portuguese coach might need to make a couple of sacrifices in order to get either one of these two defenders.
We at Rooter have worked all summer to bring you the latest Manchester United transfer news this summer and the Man United News today revolves around Mourinho backup plan in case his pursuit for Harry Maguire doesn’t succeed.
Toby Alderweireld, a target that always seems too far?
As per latest Man United transfers news, the Red Devils continue to keep track of Toby Alderweireld, who as we understand now has been a long-term target of Mourinho and with Leicester City not making it easy for them to get a deal for Maguire through, Alderweireld represents a perfect backup option.
Man United thought they had sealed the deal for Alderweireld with a £55m deal in May but it all came crashing down when Tottenham asked for a higher amount than what United had expected. However, as per Man United News Today, the difference in the valuation of the Belgian defender between the two clubs is just £10m.
Alderweireld in the same category as Dier, Morata, and Matuidi
This kind of practice has been seen before too when Man United work towards two players with the intention of bringing just one. Players like Alvaro Morata, Blaise Matuidi, and Eric Dier, were the backup options for Lukaku, Pogba and Matic respectively. Jose Mourinho knows that Daniel Levy runs a hard bargain when it comes to his own player, hence it’s not surprising to see latest Man United transfer rumours linking them to two different players from the same position.
Tottenham who were chasing Anthony Martial a couple of months back having completely given up on the deal due to the exorbitant price tag that Man United have put on his head. A swap deal for Alderweirely and Martial will not work out for either of the two clubs even though both the players have one year on their contract left at the moment.
Even though Daniel Levy can be a hard person to bargain with especially when it comes to the price of football players but that hasn’t stopped Man United from going all out for Alderweireld even though they completely failed in their pursuit for Eric Dier last year.
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