Man United's final bid for Alderweireld is £15m below asking price

Ruben Hill
August 9, 2018

Manchester United remain in talks with Tottenham this afternoon for Toby Alderweireld. Manchester United seems to be the favourite destination for the defender but very big fees asked by the Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy forced the deal to break apart. The Red Devils have lodged a £40 million bid to Tottenham for the Belgian worldwide before they turn their attention elsewhere.

United could come up against Maguire tomorrow night when they host the Foxes at Old Trafford in the opening Premier League game of the season (8pm).

Jose Mourinho identified the Belgian as his number one choice to strengthen the defence at the club but the negotiations have become protracted over the summer with Daniel Levy unwilling to budge from an initial £75m asking price.

To that end, Manchester United have been linked with a number of centre-backs, with the Belgian global being their priority target, and for good reason. With several years of experience in the English top flight, Alderweireld is a seasoned campaigner, whose ball playing abilities can add a new dynamic to Mourinho's defensive unit. In fact, United conceded just 28 Premier League goals last season and kept 19 clean sheets.

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Leicester City aren't looking to sell Maguire, however, and if they do, the Foxes are likely to demand a record-breaking transfer fee.

The Mirror claim Tottenham have been demanding at least £55m for the Belgian global despite the fact he will be available for just £25m next summer due to a clause in his contract that will become active should Spurs trigger a one-year extension to his current deal that's due to expire in 2019.

However United are not giving up hope a transfer could still go through.

With the transfer window set to shut down on Thursday, time is the most essential factor here, and both clubs are expected to find a way through on deadline day.

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