Paying £60m for Alderweireld would represent awful business by Man United

Tottenham Hotspur have reopened the prospect of selling wantaway defender Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United this summer, according to Yahoo Sport.

What’s the latest, then?

Yahoo report that negotiations broke down between the two clubs but Spurs have revealed themselves to be open to do a deal before the August deadline.

They say that is it believed that United walked away before as a bargaining tool to get the price down but that £60m is still being demanded by Tottenham.

They also claim that Spurs are still reluctant to sell the 6ft 1in (1.86m) ace to a direct Premier League rival ahead of a season when both Spurs and United will be looking to close the gap on holders Manchester City.

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£60m is a ludicrous asking price

Alderweireld is an incredibly talented defender of great experience and United need defensive reinforcements but he is 29 and injury-prone.

On top of that, he’s only got one year left on his contract and it is clear that United’s interest has been piqued by a cut-price deal, not paying top whack for a defender who does not have that long left at the top or an injury record that can be relied upon.

Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator but he does not hold the cards on this one; he needs to get a deal done to avoid lumbering Pochettino with an unsettled presence in his dressing room and also to avoid being forced to do a deal at £25m next summer.

United have to play hardball here.