By Dominic Toner
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has emerged as a summer target for Manchester United, according to a report.
Yahoo Sport claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has drawn up a list of targets for the next transfer window and the Spurs ace is a potential candidate.
It is understood Mourinho wants to add players with Premier League experience and Chelsea’s Willian is another of his targets.
The report details that United’s move for Alderweireld could be difficult as Spurs are currently negotiating a new deal with the centre-back, with the club planning to remove a £25million release clause in his current contract.
Alderweireld has emerged as one of the best defenders in the Premier League in recent seasons since is arrival at White Hart Lane in 2015.
The Belgium international is a hugely popular figure at the north London club and is an ever-present in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
He has made 28 appearances this season across all competitions and is regarded as a crucial first-team player.
Alderweireld moved to Spurs after a season-long loan spell at Southampton and United are keen on acquiring his services.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs have a starting line-up that are good enough to win the Premier League title, but just need a few adjustments to their squad to become the real deal. Alderweireld is at the heart of their success and one of the few players in England who could be considered world-class. He is an all round solid centre-back, that has shown his defensive qualities and ability in possession during recent seasons. Alderweireld would significantly bolster United’s side and give them a great chance of winning the title this season, but Spurs must not sell to their league rivals. The north London club have lost star players such as Gareth Bale and Luka Modric in the past, but must now keep their star names as they try to build a new era at Spurs, and that means giving Alderweireld a new bumper deal to secure his future.
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