Manchester United Closing In On 29 Y/O Premier League Star: A Much-needed lift in Mourinho’s defensive set-up?

Toby Alderweireld is set for a switch to Old Trafford in the aftermath of a contract dispute in North London.


Manchester United, the Premier League runners-up last season, made one centre-back as their topmost priority this summer and despite missing out on Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, they are finally closing in on veteran Toby Alderweireld, a contract rebel at Spurs, who might finally experience a new challenge after three impressive seasons in North London.

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As per reports from Mirror Football, the Red Devils are likely to strike a deal worth around £60m within next 48 hours. The 29-year-old Belgian international had a contract dispute last season as the management were not willing to meet his wage demands and the player, currently tied down until 2020, opted to run down his contract over signing a new deal. Jose Mourinho, the United gaffer, reiterated his desire of strengthening the backline and Leicester’s determination of keeping hold of one of England’s World Cup heroes forced him to switch sights elsewhere. Yerry Mina, the outcast Colombian of Barcelona, was also being monitored, but Alderweireld’s expertise in Premier League football makes him an invaluable addition to Mourinho’s armoury.

Both Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have not done enough to convince the gaffer and secure a first-team role week in week out whereas the inconsistency of Chris Smalling has been a worrying sign. Marcos Rojo, linked to a move to Everton, seems not to be in Mourinho’s plans and veteran Phil Jones, although rock solid and resilient, has struggled to remain fit all throughout in recent past. Alderweireld, although missed out months of football last season with an alleged hamstring strain, delivered a towering display in Belgium’s impressive World Cup run and holds the leadership traits deep down the backline that United lacked under Mourinho in past two campaigns.

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, known as a notorious negotiator, demanded a fee of around £75m for his star centre-back but should accept the offered sum over losing the ex-Ajax, Atletico Madrid and Ajax player for a significantly low price next year. Alderweireld, also keen on a new challenge, will thrive to play in Old Trafford and offer them a massive lift in title dream reclaiming the lost glory.


  1. It is a shame to go for toby at that price at age 29yrs. to me that is going to waste of money. mourinho is not going to be with the club for the foreseeable future. think about. toby is coming with a high wage demand for that matter. maguire is the best bargain currently with his age. jose is just a spendthrift. ed wood get him all the players he want so that he would not have anything to complain about for his failure. i know this season would be his worst season unless God intervene. i could feel the frustration right from the preseason with so much complain. we don’t need jose to be successful. he cannot take us far. city would defend there title no doubt about it. liverpool is there main challenger. i love Manchester but jose is killing me with his style of play. no flair player or dribbler in the squared, all robust. still keeping fellani because of acade system of long ball.

    • Agreed. But, at the same time, Jose has never been an architect like Wenger, Poch or Klopp. He demands success and Toby will serve the purpose for a season or two. He will be influential in chasing the title but definitely not a long-term solution. You should not be expecting that from Mou. He is not here to stay for decades.