Supporters of Manchester United have this evening pleaded with the board of their club to move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld in the summer, after the Belgian was omitted from Spurs’ squad to take on Chelsea earlier today.
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.
As such, the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and more have all been linked with potential moves for Alderweireld, with the Belgian having struggled for game-time since returning from injury earlier this year.
Old Trafford bound?
Alderweireld was not even included in Tottenham’s matchday squad that travelled to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea this evening, a decision which has since seen droves of Manchester United fans take to Twitter to urge the board at their club to move for the experienced stopper in the summer:
I want us to go for Alderweireld this summer, He’s my number 1 defender to get, Forget Umtiti, Let’s get him
— Matthew (@Carrick4united) April 1, 2018
Can’t wait to see Alderweireld in the red of Man United, it will be a great sight.
— Heinrich (@ffsNathann) April 1, 2018
Hope united can snap up Toby Alderweireld come on @RomeluLukaku9 tap him up 👍
— Nathan Goldie (@GoldieNathan) April 1, 2018
We are signing Alderweireld in the summer
— Elliott (@ElliottUnited) April 1, 2018
I would happily take alderweireld at United
— Berno (@20berno12) April 1, 2018
Alderweireld deffo going to be in a united shirt next season
— ryannn (@ryanwestley96) April 1, 2018
£25mil for Alderweireld would be an absolute bargain. Get rid of Smalling and Jones and have someone who can actually defend alongside Bailly and Lindelof. #MUFC 🔴⚪⚫
— Manchester United (@_ManUtd____) April 1, 2018
Alderweireld not even on the bench for Spurs. Get him signed @ManUtd absolutely perfect CB for us. Premier League experience, a leader and can play with the ball. Offer 50 million and get him to Old Trafford
— Alex (@Alex94_mufc) April 1, 2018
Announce Alderweireld @ManUtd
— • (@PogbesqueV3) April 1, 2018
United have to be looking at the Alderweireld situation.. Can’t see anyone else outbidding us. City don’t need him no one else in the league have the financial power
— Jamie Kelling (@19Jay_Kay89) April 1, 2018
Alderweireld to United would be a great signing if there’s any truth in that #mufc
— shawn hawkins (@squawks20) April 1, 2018
Bailly and Alderweireld CB pairing is gonna be so solid!! https://t.co/XDk9ajIx5R
— V (@chi_kelu31) April 1, 2018
Rose-Alderweireld-Bailly-Valencia has the makings of very good back four. Don’t be surprised if u see that at Old Trafford next season.
— Socanalysis (@SocanalysisHQ) April 1, 2018