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Manchester United ‘increasingly confident’ of signing Toby Alderweireld

Manchester United are increasingly confident that they can secure a deal for Toby Alderweireld before next weeks transfer deadline.

United have long been linked with having an interest in the 29-year-old centre-back, but have struggled to reach an agreement with Tottenham. Some reports have suggested that Spurs are aiming to achieve a figure similar to that which Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January, with United valuing the player significantly cheaper.

Such has been their difficulty in brokering a deal with the notoriously tough negotiator Daniel Levy, that Manchester United have started to look at alternatives, with Harry Maguire and Yerry Mina having being linked with a move to Old Trafford

Maguire is seemingly set to remain at Leicester, who are reluctant to sell the England defender, while there are suggestions that a deal for Mina is progressing.

However, according to The Times journalist Sam Pilger, United are now ‘increasingly confident’ of completing a deal to sign Alderweireld, after the defender was one of three players that have been told by Mauricio Pochettino that they were surplus to requirements.

Alderweireld is believed to have told Tottenham that he will reject all potential moves from any other clubs in order secure a move to a Old Trafford, and with just one year remaining on his current deal, there is the possibility that he could leave for free next summer.

There is a clause in his contract that would allow Spurs to extend that deal by a further year, although that would activate a further clause that would allow him to leave for just £25 million next summer.

Premier League clubs have until 5pm on August 9 to complete their business, with the season set to kick-off the following day.

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