Manchester United tried to sign the Belgian last summer as well, when Jose Mourinho was in-charge at Old Trafford. However, Daniel Levy denied approaches from United for his Belgian centre-back.
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Manchester United are in a desperate need for a new defender this summer. According to reports, a new centre-back is on the top of the wishlist of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
The Red Devils has conceded the most number of goals among the top nine teams in the Premier League table, 54. Both Mourinho and Solksjaer tried different combinations in the centre-back but were not convinced with any. Many believe United’s defence cost Jose Mourinho his job at Old Trafford.
Now, after failing in a bid to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham last summer, United will again bid for the Belgian this summer. According to The Telegraph, United are ‘desperate’ to sign the Belgian this summer.
Toby Alderweireld has a release clause of £25m after his one-year extension was triggered by Tottenham. His contract ends next summer and Tottenham are likely to cash in on him this summer.
In the 34 appearances Alderweireld made in the Premier League, he had an average rating of 6.84. He had a pass success rate of 88% and averaged 7.1 long balls per game. The strong centre-back averaged 1.1 tackles, 4.7 clearances and 0.6 blocks per game.
Since his move from Ajax, Belgian has been a key figure for Tottenham Hotspur. Although the 30-year-old is now expected to be sold with players like Sanchez and Foyth ready to step up in his absence.
It will be interesting to see if this deal will happen this summer. Manchester United has failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League and that might cause them some issue in signing players this summer.
*All the stats are from WhoScored.com