Published On: Sat, Jul 14th, 2018

Man Utd transfer news: Real reason Alderweireld hasn’t joined revealed by Sky Sports man | Football | Sport


are keen on strengthening their defence with Belgium centre-back Alderweireld potentially available.

Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge understands discussions were had between the Premier League giants but the price has proven a stumbling block.

“Alex Ferguson said in his book that Daniel Levy was more painful than his hip replacement and that’s not changed,” Bridge told the Transfer Talk podcast.

“They did want Toby, whether they still want him as much remains to be seen.

“From what I know at the time and still now is that he valuation between the two clubs were so far apart – nearly up to £20million.

“Another interesting scenario here is like Anthony Martial a lot.

“Jose Mourinho would certainly prefer Martial to leave the Premier League if he were to leave but with under a month to go, could some kind of deal be done between the two players?”

Fellow Sky Sports man Dharmesh Sheth understands strengthening in central defence remains a priority for Jose Mourinho.

“United look like they are in the market for a centre-back. Last season it was Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly,” he said.

“Eric Bailly was many fans’ favourites after he arrived but at the end of last season he wasn’t getting much of a game.

“Jose Mourinho cited he didn’t have a World Cup to play in as a reason he wasn’t playing. It was a strange one for me as I can’t believe Jose Mourinho would put World Cup aspirations head of Manchester United.

“Smalling was the most regular playing in that defence last season, Lindelof joined last summer and didn’t as many appearances as people thought he would.

“He had a decent World Cup with Sweden, they got to the quarter-finals, and then if someone like Toby Alderweireld was made available that would be the potential one United would go for.”



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Man Utd transfer news: Real reason Alderweireld hasn’t joined revealed by Sky Sports man | Football | Sport