Man Utd issue Alderweireld ultimatum

Manchester United have told Spurs that they will not be held to ransom in their pursuit of Toby Alderweireld, and want a deal agreed quickly or they will walk away.

The Belgian has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for a number of months, with Jose Mourinho known to be keen to bolster the centre of his defence this summer.

United are believed to have made an offer of around £55 million for Alderweireld, but have come up against resistance from Spurs who want to receive a larger transfer fee.

It is claimed that Spurs will only sell the 29-year-old for around £75 million mark, the World Record figure that Liverpool shelled out to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January.

According to though, United have told Spurs that they have no intention of paying such an exorbitant fee for a much older defender than van Dijk, and will not be held to ransom in such a way.

United are claimed to have told Spurs chairman Daniel Levy are prepared to walk away from from the negotiating table if a compromise cannot be found imminently.

The interesting fact about Alderweireld’s future is that should Spurs fail to agree to a sale of their star defender, that he would be allowed to leave the club next summer for just £25 million, thanks to a release clause in his contract.

Aside from Alderweireld, the Red Devils have been linked with Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and most recently Clement Lenglet, although Umititi has since commited his future to Barcelona by signing a new contract with a sensational €500 million release clause.

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