A Daily Mirror article says that Spurs have opened negotiations with Manchester United Toby Alderweireld with Daniel Levy demanding as much as £75m for the 29 year-old.

It describes how Jose Mourinho has targeted the Belgium international defender as part of the defensive shake up he is planning at Old Trafford this summer.

The World Cup bound centre half will be out of contract in 2020 and has failed to reach agreement with Tottenham over a new deal and as such next summer, he would able to leave for just £22m because of a clause in his contract

It adds that now Spurs are willing to listen to offers for him in this window when he’d command a far higher price with it initially believed the club would accept around £55m for Alderweireld, but chairman Daniel Levy, known to be a tough negotiator, is believed to be seeking closer to the £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for fellow centre-back Virgil van Dijk in January.

Toby moved to Spurs from Atletico Madrid in July 2015 for £11.5m, after an impressive season on loan at Southampton.

He was a star man at back helping the club create best defensive record in the Premier League in each of the next two seasons but injuries have affected his most recent campaign

However the article goes on to say that Spurs still believe they are within their rights to argue he is widely regarded as the best defender in the Premier League.

It adds that Alderweireld is set to be one of a number of players set to leave the club this summer with Toby’s fellow Belgian Mousa Dembele, who turns 31 in July, is also set to depart.

Tom De Mul, Dembele’s agent, has confirmed he is currently entertaining offers with just a year left on his contract.De Mul said: “For the time being, Mousa does not sign.Mousa has another one year contract with Tottenham. He has played a fantastic season and there is a lot going on around him.

De Mul added: “There is a lot of interest inside and outside of Europe, we are waiting for the World Cup and I hope he plays in Russia, because he deserves that after such a peak season.”

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