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Spurs must hijack deal for Yerry Mina if United secure Alderweireld

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United have tabled a final bid worth £40m for Tottenham’s wantaway defender Toby Alderweireld, and the North London club should sign fellow United target Yerry Mina as his replacement.

What’s the story?

The Mirror reports that Tottenham value Alderweireld at around £55m, despite the Belgium international centre-back only having nine months left on his contract. Spurs do have the option to extend his contract by a further 12 months, but this would then trigger a release clause of just £25m.

The 29-year-old joined Spurs from Atletico Madrid in 2015 and instantly became a mainstay in Mauricio Pochettino’s defence, but he struggled with a hamstring injury last season that limited him to just 14 Premier League appearances and now looks set to depart the club.

Toby Alderweireld marshals the Tottenham defence

United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to sign a centre-back this summer and the club have been linked with Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire, although Alderweireld remains their number one target, according to the Mirror.

Securing a replacement

If Alderweireld does end up joining United before the transfer deadline on Thursday, Spurs will have to act fast to secure a replacement. Perhaps the perfect player could be Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, who looks set to leave the Nou Camp this summer.

Mina’s situation has changed daily this summer, with Spanish paper Sport claiming that Everton had agreed a deal with Barcelona and Metro reporting that United were expecting to sign the 23-year-old.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could take advantage of this by hijacking any deal and sanctioning the sale of Alderweireld. The Spurs defender clearly wants a move away this summer and Colombian giant Mina impressed at this summer’s World Cup. Having his international partner Davinson Sanchez already at the club would also help Mina to settle in to life in English football.

The Barca man is valued at just £18m by Transfermarkt and could be the perfect signing if Levy breaks out the chequebook.

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