After sources said that Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld could be on his way to Manchester United, fresh reports says United “are now confident they will win the race” for him.
It reports that the Old Trafford club “are ready to spend in excess of £40 million” on Alderweireld, with Tottenham poised to bring in Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt as a replacement.
Spurs have been unable to agree to a new contract with the Belgium international, whose deal expires in two years, and Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have been suggested as other potential destinations.
But reports elsewhere says United are favourites because “they are willing to give the 29-year-old a long-term deal into his mid-30s.”
Spurs are willing to let Alderweireld go because clubs are ready to spend more than the £25m he would be able to leave for under a clause in his contract next year.
The Standard says Chelsea, with Alderweireld set to elude them, will now switch their defensive focus to Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles.