Manchester United are ready to step up their interest in Toby Alderweireld now that Belgium have been knocked out of the World Cup.
Alderweireld’s side were beaten by France last night but will stay in Russia for the third and fourth place play off on Saturday where they will face Croatia (hopefully)or England depending on how tonight goes in the second World Cup semi-final.
But The Express say Manchester United are ready to make their move for the centre back after identifying him as a top target for this summer.
United boss Jose Mourinho has prioritised a central defender, after already landing a midfielder and a young right-back, and wants someone with Premier League pedigree.
The article adds that Alderweireld fits the bill and United will get the ball rolling on an offer this week with Mourinho originally wanting to get his deals done before the World Cup but United found negotiations with Tottenham tough.
It goes on to say they will make their move this week in the hope to get the deal complete by the end of July.
Tottenham want £60m for the Belgium star but United are hoping to pay around the £50m mark and United’s have other options including Raphael Varane and Clement Lenglet and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire this summer.
United have already done three deals in signing Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, but are set to ramp up their spending in the coming weeks.
Anthony Martial’s future remains uncertain with United keen to keep him but the player wanting to move.
Tottenham have shown interest in Martial and have floated the idea of a swap involving Alderweireld.
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