The summer camp is starting soon and the Deadline Day is approaching fast. United were swift to move in the market securing both Fred and Diego Dalot in a couple of days so why not Toby Alderweireld?
Since then, the FIFA World Cup 2018 has passed and United have watched silently as mega transfers have taken place. Cristiano Ronaldo, Riyad Mahrez, Lucas Torreira, Radja Nainggolan, Gianluigi Buffon and Bernd Leno are some of the important deals secured.
Thus it may be time for Mourinho to resume his usual business and why not show purpose in securing the towering Belgian from so-called rivals Tottenham?
While central defence isn’t the most concerning position for United to think about for now, a world class centre-back certainly would help the cause. Out of United’s defenders, Rojo had a mixed showing at the World Cup as Argentina looked bad, Lindelof impressed with Sweden and Jones didn’t actually do much either.
Victor Lindelof’s game by numbers vs. England:
5 ball recoveries
75% aerial duels won
90% pass accuracy
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) July 7, 2018
On the other hand, Toby Alderweireld played a crucial part in a 3 man defense alongside club partner Jan Vertonghen and fellow Premier league player Vincent Kompany as Belgium lived up to the hype of being dark horses by reaching the Semi-finals.
Toby Alderweireld played a total of 450 minutes in this FIFA World Cup 2018 with 6.80 being his average rating. He also assisted the goal scored by Eden Hazard in the 5-2 win over Tunisia.
The @BelRedDevils are through to the knockout stages after a 5-2 win over Tunisia. Alderweireld and Vertonghen completes 90 minutes, but Dembele didn’t feature. #COYS #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/jJWxvEJIoA
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) June 23, 2018
The Belgian’s Premier League season has also been decent, although he played only 13 matches because of his injury concerns. This alongside the fact that Toby Alderweireld is 29 may deter some United supporters, but when fit, and alongside a capable defender like Eric Bailly, he has the potential to recreate the legendary Rio-Vidic partnership at the back and allow the team to attack more fluently.
Toby is good on the ball with decent passing ability as well as possesses the ability to play long balls. Such a ball playing defender is a quality asset for any team as was evident during the World Cup and thus Tottenham Hotspur demanded a hefty fee of £75 million the first time round according to the Mirror.
According to the Mirror, United are looking for reinforcements in Toby Alderweireld for central defense and reports claim that Manchester United are already in talks with Tottenham for the Belgian defender.
Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld. (Source: MEN) pic.twitter.com/wIXtvxjFGt
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) July 13, 2018
Although Daniel Levi is tough to bargain with, United believe that a fee of around £60 million is more suitable for someone approaching the age of 30 very soon. Whatever is the case, one thing is for sure-they need to act fast or risk losing out on him.
Alderweireld’s representatives have told the Red Devils that they are keen to finalize the transfer before the window shuts on August 9. Toby Alderweireld just returned from Russia after being ousted by France in the Semi-final of the World Cup, before Belgium defeated England 2-0 in the third-place play-off on Saturday.
United are keen to spend to catch champions Manchester City this season after Mourinho’s men watched their arch rivals storm to the Premier League title last season.