TFF has spoken this week about who Manchester United might sign next after completing the transfers of Diogo Dalot from Porto and Fred from Shaktar.
Many football fans would of course love to see Gareth Bale back in the Premier League. But it is another man with a Tottenham connection who we believe could be next through the Old Trafford doors.
Toby Alderweireld seems unsettled at Spurs and although the mooted transfer fee of 75m GBP seems ludicrous to some, for a player who is already 29 and will likely have no sell on value, we think that he remains the most likely next signing.
Because we think that Manchester United’s excellent defensive record has more to do with a defensive formation than world class defenders. Eric Bailly needs a run in the side next season but the current squad doesn’t possess a world class partner for him.
And Spurs legend Darren Anderson reckons that Alderweireld is just the man. He is quoted by BWIN as saying:
“I think Alderweireld will leave Tottenham this summer,” Anderton told bwin.
“Until his injury he was the best defender in the Premier League so his situation is definitely a problem for the club.
“He’s an unbelievable player and he has formed a fantastic partnership with [Jan] Vertonghen.
“Alderweireld will move on this summer because he wants to be paid what the best defenders earn and Tottenham won’t do that.
“Manchester United can afford to pay him far more money and he will massively boost their chances of winning the Premier League.”
The 75 cap Belgium international has scored three times for his country and been a stalwart in the evolution of Spurs into a top class team over the last few years.
Signed from Atletico Madrid in 2015 after a highly successful loan spell at Southampton, he’s played 115 times and scored 6 goals for Tottenham.
TFF believes that despite the crazy fee Alderweireld would provide the perfect partner to the burgeoning talents of Bailly and he could easily play into his mid-thirties. Six years of service and a few titles would be seen as money well spent.