£55m is too much for Man United to pay for Alderweireld given contract stand-off

Manchester United will turn their attention to signing Toby Alderweireld after sealing their deal for Fred but have been quoted £55m from Tottenham for his services, as per the Telegraph. 

What’s the latest, then?

The Telegraph claim that the arrival of Fred at Old Trafford has sparked the transfer window into life and that on the back of signing the Brazilian, Jose Mourinho has set about making Belgian international Alderweireld a part of his squad for next season.

However, they also say that Tottenham have set the asking price for the defender at £55m, despite the fact that his contract is dwindling and he missed a great deal of Tottenham’s games last season.

They also report that Alderweireld feels he has some idea of where he will be playing his football next season, suggesting that he has been given a steer on how talks are going over his future.

£55m is far too much

Daniel Levy is renowned for being a tough negotiator but even he must realise that it is ridiculous to demand £55m for an injury-prone, 29-year-old defender who is not in Mauricio Pochettino’s immediate plans given his refusal to sign a new contract.

United have swooped – rightfully – eyeing a cut-price deal, as is generally the case when a player’s contract is running out but Tottenham have set the bar too high and risk losing Alderweireld for a much-reduced fee further down the line.

With Spurs also reportedly planning to do business with United over the sale of Anthony Martial, it would also be in their interest to strike up a good working relationship but their current asking price should make Jose Mourinho turn away and pursue other targets.