Mourinho looking to wrap up January Manchester United-Tottenham deal for Alderweireld
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to complete a cut-priced deal for Arsenal target and Tottenham star this January.
After demanding a big wage to stay at the club just before he picked up an injury last season, Alderweireld was heavily linked with a move away from the club as it seemed Pochettino was not impressed with his attitude and greed over a new contract.
That led to rumours both Arsenal and United were ready to splash close to £50 million to try and secure a transfer deal for Alderweireld, believing Tottenham would sell as they needed funds to try and secure their own transfer deals.
But Arsenal boss Unai Emery and United coach Jose Mourinho were not impressed by Spur’s attempt to get crazy money for Alderweireld, as they stuck a massive £75 million price tag on the Belgian stars head, something which deterred both Premier League club.
So Alderweireld remained at the club over the summer and he has reintegrated into Pochettino’s squad, but there is still some speculation that Spurs would be open to letting the Belgian powerhouse leave in the coming transfer windows, if the price is right.
And according to the Sun website: United are aware the Belgian star could be signed for just £25million next summer and this could provide an opportunity for a compromise between the Premier League clubs for a deal to be struck in January.
Pochettino said earlier on in the season that he could be open to a deal, telling the Sky Sports website: “Look, when in England the transfer window closed and in Europe closed I think we move on. Then like always I told you, I never talk about situations, that maybe yes or maybe no, the club is dealing or working.
“In that situation it’s not my job to talk about individual situations. I think it’s so clear, not only in his case, in all the players that have different situations, we are so clear, the club is so clear, when something happens we are going to communicate the news as soon as possible. I am not going to talk about individual things.
“It’s not going to help anyone.”
Here is what we think.
Tottenham are a side that need to keep hold of their biggest players and Alderweireld is a man that improves the squad, so keeping hold of him in the summer may have been better than any transfer deal they could have wrapped up.
However, losing him for just £25 million is a big loss and if Tottenham can get more money in January, they will strike a deal, even with a top four rival like United.
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