Manchester United handed huge boost in pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur defender

Tottenham Hotspur are willing to sell Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United this summer should the Red Devils make a suitable offer for the defender, according to Yahoo Sports UK.

Following a dispute over wages between Spurs and the player, the North London club have decided to sell the 29-year-old and are now willing to do business with their Premier League rival.

Negotiations between the two clubs took place prior to the World Cup, however, Old Trafford officials were unwilling to match Spurs’ £75m asking price.

Toby’s Old Trafford transfer

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 28: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur warm up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Having fallen out of favour with Mauricio Pochettino last season following his contract issues, Tottenham are now looking to sell Alderweireld.

The club had originally hoped to offload the defender abroad, with Juventus and Barcelona both showing an interest, however, neither club’s desire to sign the player fully materialised.

Manchester United has now become Spurs’ biggest hope of selling Alderweirld for a large fee and the club are willing to now deal with them.

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Alderweirled’s contract situation

Toby Alderweireld

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 05: Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus on August 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The former Ajax player is considered to be one of the best central-defenders on the continent and following two-and-a-half impressive seasons at the club, Tottenham were willing to reward Alderweireld with a new contract.

During discussions, the Belgian’s intentions were on signing a new deal with Spurs, whilst ensuring that he became one of the highest-earning defenders in the division.

However, the player’s demands were too steep and with neither party willing to budge over their stance, Tottenham have decided to offload Alderweirled whilst his price remains high.

Next summer, Alderweirld’s contract is due to expire, or Tottenham have the option of activating an option in his contract which would extend it by one-year but would also activate a £25m release clause.

With Mauricio Pochettino backing Tottenham’s decision, the club are looking to offload the defender to avoid the risk of losing him on a free transfer or for a low fee.