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Report: Manchester United to trigger Alderweireld release clause

Manchester United are set to activate Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld’s £25m release clause.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add to his defensive options this summer, as he plots a huge overhaul of his squad, and has made Spurs’ defender Alderweireld his top target.

The 30-year-old has established himself as one of the Premier League‘s finest defenders during four years in North London, and a clause in the Belgian’s contract means he is available for a cut-price £25m at the end of the current campaign.

The Sun are reporting that United are now ready to make their move, having first been interested in signing the former Ajax and Atletico Madrid defender last summer.

Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward is believed to be ready to back Solskjaer in the summer transfer window, with central defence a priority to strengthen.

Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof have emerged as the 46-year-old’s first choice pairing, though Alderweireld would prove a significant upgrade on the duo.

United are also likely to lose at least three first-team defenders this summer, with Marcus Rojo and full-backs Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian all set to leave Old Trafford.