​Manchester United could be forced to pay a fee of up to £75m for ​Tottenham centre back Toby Alderweireld this summer, despite the Belgian being available for only £22m this time next year.


United's interest in the commanding centre half is no secret. As reports begin to emerge linking Eric Bailly with a move away from Old Trafford, the rumours of Jose Mourinho's interest in Alderweireld will only begin to spike as the Portuguese looks to improve on his defensive line.

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However, that move for the 29-year-old could be about to hit a stumbling block, if a report from the Mirror is true.


According to the paper, Spurs are insistent that the Red Devils shell out the same kind of money as ​Liverpool did for Virgil van Dijk back in January - a record breaking £75m.


This will no doubt frustrate the United hierarchy. A clause written into Alderweireld's Spurs contract means that the centre half can leave north London for a mere £22m next summer, and Spurs are desperate to avoid that - but also recognise his talent.

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Before the Belgian was replaced in Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs squad by Davinson Sanchez, claims were being made that Alderweireld was the best defensive talent that that the ​Premier League has to offer. To get the best, you have to pay.


It was initially believed that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was only after £55m for the out of favour defender, but that has since ramped up as Tottenham become willing to listen to offers for their once star centre back.

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