Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Manchester United reportedly won't sell any centre-backs if they sign Alderweireld

Manchester United reportedly won't sell any centre-backs if they sign Alderweireld

Fred has the power and tenacity to form a solid double-pivot with Nemanja Matic when Jose Mourinho sees the need to manage the game, but it would be simplistic to describe him as a holding midfielder.

Manchester United are reportedly hoping to sign Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld within days as they attempt to keep up their summer spending spree.

The Red Devils are looking to try and bolster their squad this summer as Mourinho aims to assemble a team capable of challenging Manchester City's dominance of the Premier League next season.

However, Mourinho won't stop there as he desperately needs to bring in a top class centre-back to act as a long-term partner for Eric Bailly with the future's of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in doubt.

Belgium's defender Toby Alderweireld vies with Portugal's midfielder Bernardo Silva during the friendly football match between Belgium and Portugal

Apparently United "are in talks with Spurs over the Belgium international" and negotiations are progressing slowly if steadily, although a sticking point is Tottenham's asking price of more than £70m, which is about £20m too high for United.

Last week United announced they had reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Fred, whose full name is Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos, and that "a further announcement will be made in due course".

The report is citing the M.E.N as saying that Real Madrid's Varane and Bayern Munich star Boateng are among an eight-man list of targets being eyed by Mourinho as United look to splash out on a centre-back once again this summer.

Manchester United finished second and without a trophy last term in what was Mourinho's second campaign in charge.

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