Manchester United are considering alternatives to Toby Alderweireld as they are “not entirely convinced” that the Belgian is the best target available, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The main stumbling block appears to be the asking price with Daniel Levy holding out for £70m while the Red Devils are only willing to go as high as £50m for the 29-year-old.
Some fans on Twitter believe it could be a negotiating tactic by United, while others are keeping their fingers crossed that it means our no.4 will stay:
Good. We can’t be selling a player of his quality to a rival. £50m would not buy us anyone better. Given we can now afford to pay Kane £200k let’s give Toby the £150k he wants and go into next season with the best CB pairing in the league (Jan and Toby)
— Josh O (@lilywhitetactic) June 11, 2018
He will sell him this window if at all possible ,inw you’d believe the truth in this new story ..Jose games I expect
— shaun lewis (@shaunlewis17) June 11, 2018
Most likely keep him for this season and then sell him next season. But you never know with Levy
— ✨ (@___Carlitos) June 11, 2018
Swap deal with Ajax then for De Ligt
— Anirudh Ramprasad (@Aniroodh2107) June 11, 2018
Yep smalling and jones are much better stick with them
— DM (@masters_uk) June 11, 2018
But his profile is dreamy. pic.twitter.com/xeTsVGQwoj
— sarah (@downbythelakexx) June 11, 2018
Let’s try again Toby…
How does £130k a week sound?
— Clamour Kid (@clamour_kid) June 11, 2018
Always wanted him to stay at Spurs tbh
— LP ✈️ (@Verttonghen) June 11, 2018
It looks as though that Levy is holding out for as much as he can for Toby. The chairman will probably want to get the defender sold, mostly due to the fact that he would be available for only £25m next summer.
Finding a good centre-half in this seller’s market will mean United will come back to the negotiating table at some point, and it’s likely that this transfer will be a drawn-out saga.