According to the Telegraph, Manchester United are looking at Toby Alderweireld as a potential back-up option, if they cannot complete a deal for Harry Maguire.
United have already had two bids rejected for Maguire after falling short of Leicester City’s transfer demands.
Time is running out for United to get business done, so a decision must be made if they can’t come to an agreement with the Foxes.
Alderweireld is arguably a more complete centre-back but that comes with more miles on the clock.
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The Belgium international has a release clause in his Spurs contract that allows him to leave White Hart Lane for just £25m, an absolute steal.
But that clause expires on Friday, so if United wanted Alderweireld surely they would have activated the clause before now… The Mirror adds that Daniel Levy could increase it by £15m to £40m.
With such a story hitting the press, it could play into United’s hands by persuading Leicester to accept less for Maguire.
The centre-back starts for Leicester tonight against Cambridge United.
Did anyone think Maguire wouldn’t start for Leicester tonight?
— Dale O’Donnell (@ODonnellDale) July 23, 2019
We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out, but it’s hard to believe United will settle for Alderweireld when they could have done so already and have a defender on pre-season tour with Solskjaer.