Spurs and United £10m apart on price for key man

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According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United and Tottenham are around £10m apart on their respective valuations of a fee for Toby Alderweireld.

The report claims that there have been talks ongoing between the two clubs with Tottenham demanding more than £50m for their talented Belgian defender.

It adds how talks began back in May but collapsed relatively quickly after United balked at Tottenham’s asking price for the former Ajax man.

Alderweireld has one year remaining on his current deal, a deal which includes an option for a one-year extension, however, that means an activation a £25m release clause for next summer and Spurs are keen to get maximum value for the 29-year-old after talks over a new deal have continued to stall.

talkSPORT report that United do not agree with Spurs’ valuation of a player in this context and they do hold an interest in Leicester’s Harry Maguire, however, they will have to meet the former Premier League champion’s £75m price tag for the defender who caught the eye in England’s World Cup campaign. 

Why we are not willing to meet Toby’s apparent wage demands of £150,000-a-week is absolutely staggering, players of his quality are not readily available.


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  1. Because Toby has no real option but to accept this Spurs offer if United don’t pay the transfer fee, which has been set ridiculously high as they are a direct rival (and a hated one after the Berbatov incident). He himself said his destiny was in Spurs hand as they can simply reject any offer – and note United haven’t actually made an offer or even spoken to Spurs since May. And any last day attempts by United will be shot down irrespective of the offer as they wouldn’t be enough time to get a replacement in.

    Toby either risks waiting another year at half pay hoping someone both rescues him at £25m transfer fee and pays him £150k plus pw or he signs Levy’s offer of c£120k and removes his release clause. My maths isn’t good enough but losing c£60k per week for a year sounds like a lot to me. Expect Toby to sign a deal at Spurs within a couple of weeks of this transfer window closing.

    The Toby-Poch relationship needs some healing but I’m sure they can learn to love each other again….United were never truly serious otherwise he’d be their player already.


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