Premier League rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are not currently in negotiations over a summer transfer deal for Toby Alderweireld, according to Football.London.
The report claims that the top six rivals were in talks last month over a deal for the Belgian, but negotiations have stopped and are not currently taking place.
They go on to say that Spurs have offered the central defender £130,000 per week but he is demanding £180,000, which is well within United’s realm.
That may be a worry for United fans, who know their club need defensive reinforcements in order to close the gap to their bitter rivals Manchester City.
The situation over Alderweireld’s contract would suggest that it would be tough to reintegrate the Belgian back into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans next season; he appears to have made his bed and will have to lie in it.
That makes it slightly perplexing that both sides are not pressing on with the deal, which looks there to be done – United need a centre-half and Davinson Sanchez has ably taken Alderweireld’s spot in the Spurs team.
Alderweireld is going off to the World Cup as well, before which time it would be wise for United to have their transfer business done, so the stalling is perhaps a concern.