As per a report from David Maddock of the Daily Mirror, Manchester United are closing on the signature of Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, but could nevertheless also move for Barcelona stopper Yerry Mina.
Alderweireld, a 29-year-old Belgian international, has been on the books of Spurs since making the move to London from Atletico Madrid in 2015.
The no-nonsense stopper caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs with his stellar showings during a loan spell with Southampton during the 2014-15 campaign, with Tottenham eventually splashing out a fee of around £12 million for his services.
And Alderweireld has since gone from strength to strength, establishing himself as one of the English top-flight’s finest defenders over the last couple of seasons.
However, in a saga that has been dragging on for some time now, Spurs’ attempts to tie their star defender down to a new contract in the English capital have proven completely unfruitful, with little to no progress having reportedly been made to this point.
Alderweireld’s current Tottenham contract is set to expire in the summer of 2019, though his deal also contains an option for a further year.
However, the complex terms of the proposed extension would see the Belgian’s release clause drop to just £25 million, as long as any interested clubs agreed to pay the entirety of the clause at least 14 days before the close of the transfer window.
Manchester United have been the club most heavily touted as a potential destination for Alderweireld, with Jose Mourinho long-rumoured to be on the lookout for central defensive reinforcements this summer.
Mind made up
And, after seeing their inquiries into the availability of Leicester City stopper Harry Maguire firmly knocked back by the Foxes, United are now said to be more keen than ever on securing a deal for Alderweireld.
As such, an update on the touted deal between the Red Devils and Spurs over the Belgian has tonight been provided by David Maddock of the Mirror.
Maddock’s report claims that United are in fact ‘edging closer’ to an agreement for Alderweireld, with the board of the club said to be confident that a bid of around £40 million should be enough to push a deal through before Thursday’s Premier League transfer deadline.
However, Maddock also surprisingly adds that, though Everton remain the favourites for the Barcelona man, Yerry Mina remains ‘on the radar’ of the Manchester giants, who could potentially sign two central defenders over the next two days:
Manchester United edging closer to deal for Toby Alderweireld. Have offered £40m, and believe that should be enough. Suggestion Mourinho wants a second centre half, Yerry Mina still on radar though Everton in pole position. #MUFC
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) August 7, 2018