Bleacher Report journalist Sam Pilger got the ball rolling on Saturday by revealing Manchester United were growing increasingly confident of signing Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld.
Pilger stated that the deal could be wrapped up next week and now The Mirror believe Alderweireld will be a United player within the next 48 hours.
Someone of high authority at one of the clubs is leaking this information, so it’s hard not to get excited given United’s need for a high calibre centre-back.
And, Alderweireld fits that description.
Jose Mourinho has been unhappy with the club’s lack of activity in the transfer market, although it will be a relief to the boss that Ed Woodward has finally got to work by landing his prime defensive target.
Of course, we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves and try to hold in the excitement until the dotted line is signed with Alderweireld’s signature. But some are struggling to hold it in.
Here’s how United fans are reacting to the news on Twitter:
Can’t wait to see Toby Alderweireld in red and have him play alongside Eric Bailly.
Then two weeks into the season they’re both injured and we end up having to watch Smalling and Jones again…#MUFC
— Jamie (@JWinder_) 4 August 2018
— Sean Hopkins (@seanrobotnik) 4 August 2018
— Red Army! (@RedorDead07) 4 August 2018
Looks like the Toby Alderweireld transfer to Manchester united is happening. Top defender right there. Just how we need it. #MUFC
— Segun M. Hassan (@SegunHassan_) 4 August 2018
Toby Alderweireld is RED 🔴
— Mata’s Control (@iNaheemMUFC) 4 August 2018
Toby Alderweireld… ⏳⌛ 48hrs! – A BIG signing for Utd. #MUFC.
— Reece Gibson (@REECEGIBSON_) 4 August 2018
Funny how once Bonucci got announced as a Juventus player, Man United reignited their interest in Toby Alderweireld… Signs of a 1st choice/2nd choice? #mufc
— United Tweets (@utd_tweet) 4 August 2018
Either way, Toby Alderweireld is a class signing . The leader we’ve been lacking. Provided he’s played with Bailly and not Chris, full time mong, Smalling, we’ll have a solid defence.
— Jaydn (@JaydnMUFC) 4 August 2018
— Aidan Walsh 👹 (@AidanWalshMUFC) 4 August 2018
Toby Alderweireld reportedly looks set to join Manchester United. An upgrade from his previous club. An upgrade on wages. An upgrade on his image across the world. An upgrade in terms of expectations. Winning! #MUFC
— Kylé (@KyleZingo) 4 August 2018