Manchester United and Jose Mourinho will be looking to get some deals over the line before the transfer windows slams shut on August 9.
Less than a month left for Premier League clubs to get their transfers sorted. The introduction of an early transfer deadline during a World Cup year looks a bad call now. Manchester United, like all the other clubs, are in a hurry to get a few deals done. Toby Alderweirld, who’s a prime target for the Red Devils, might have made their work a bit easy after his post World Cup comments.
Alderweireld rips in Pochettino
The Belgian central defender wasn’t happy about being dropped by Spurs during the second half of the season. Speaking after steering Belgium to third at the World Cup, Alderweireld said,“I was very focused on this tournament. I wanted to prove something to myself, show that the period before the tournament in which I – for whatever reason – did not play, was unjustified. I wanted to show that I’m still Toby, same as in November.”
Tottenham, however, is reluctant to move him on unless suitors pay up their £70m valuation. Alderweireld said that it was up to the Premier League side to decide his future.“I have another two years’ contract. Tottenham decides about my future. Of course, I have my own idea, but that is not the case now.”
Alderweireld: ”My future? I really do not know anything yet. In my head I just go to Tottenham. We'll see.” #mufc [Nieuwsblad]
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 16, 2018
Jose Mourinho on transfers
Jose Mourinho addresses the media ahead of the pre-season friendly against Club America on Wednesday. Asked if United would have any more faces through the door by then, Mourinho responded,“I’ve no idea. I’m not going to lie to you, I’m not going to say somebody is coming or nobody is coming. We did Lee Grant because we have a fantastic young goalkeeper who needs to play football. Joel is a Manchester United goalkeeper but two years without football he has to play.”
“Fred we did quite a long time ago, we started the process, we lost Michael Carrick and I think Fred is the kind of player we need to complement the qualities of our midfield players. Dalot is injured, a small injury, a small surgery, we didn’t want to lose him because of that and he’s recovering really well and we think he can start training back in England,“ he concluded.
Toby Alderweireld would be a cracking signing for the 20-time Premier League champions. The 29-year-old would bring in the leadership qualities while boasting a long diagonal in his arsenal. At £70m, he doesn’t come cheap buy but United should take the risk if they aim to dethrone Manchester City.