Manchester United need a defensive overhaul after a trophyless season and the Manchester Evening News report that they are moving closer towards a deal for Tottenham centre-half Toby Alderweireld.
After a shaky performance from Phil Jones in the FA Cup final defeat against Chelsea and a season in which Chris Smalling failed to suitably impress England manager to earn a place in the World Cup squad despite the dearth of top centre-backs available, the Belgian’s undoubted quality would be a coup for Mourinho.
However, part of the appeal of signing Alderweireld is his as yet unresolved contract situation in North London, which United would hope to use to engineer a cheaper deal.
It does not appear that will be the case, as the report quotes £55m as the price Spurs want for the out of favour Belgian and that has not gone down well at all with the United fans…
55? Are we crazy?
— Cristian Puente (@CaleCristian) May 21, 2018
Add another 20m and you get Koulibaly who is 26 years old and will be ideal long term partner for Baily.
— Kammy Khan (@kammyk10) May 21, 2018
£55m for a player have 29 years 🤐😢🐄
— The Architect (@Archi_Mec) May 21, 2018
Is anyone else a little worried that United are forking out big money on players who are about to hit 30. Super players and don’t get me wrong will do a super job but with no re sale value if there not long term financial problems here?
— Mark Kearney (@MarkKearney2) May 21, 2018
He won't cost anywhere near 55 million. This is just Daniel levy starting high, as he always does. We should definitely sign him though as he'd be perfect next to Eric Bailly. That's If jose starts playing him again.
— Matty (@Matty11870707) May 21, 2018
Silly season. It's was £29mil on Friday.
— MikeP (@mrmikepye) May 21, 2018