Jose Mourinho to reignite Toby Alderweireld move after Harry Maguire setback

Man Utd had cooled their interest in Alderweireld but will try to push a deal over the line (Getty)

Jose Mourinho is ready to reignite his pursuit of Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld after being priced out of a move for Harry Maguire, according to reports.

Manchester United still want two more signings before the transfer window closes – a first-choice central defender and a winger – but were stunned to learn that Leicester City would demand a record-equalling £75million for Maguire.

As reported by, the Foxes have little intention of allowing the England international to leave having already lost Rihad Mahrez to Manchester City this summer too.

Maguire’s stock rose dramatically after an excellent World Cup campaign (Picture: AP)

United had originally made Alderweireld their top centre-back target, but pulled out of talks last month when Spurs slapped their own £75m valuation on the Belgian – as well as wanting Anthony Martial as part of any deal.

But now The Independent report that United will try again for Alderweireld after their hunt for alternatives proved fruitless and there is a growing expectation around Old Trafford that they will eventually get their man.

The 29-year-old remains Mourinho’s first choice and he has been pressuring the club to give in to Tottenham’s demands.

They are likely to find a compromise between United’s £50m valuation and Spurs’ £75m asking price, though there is still huge reluctance from the Red Devils to allow Martial to be included in the deal.

United hope Spurs’ asking price will fall as the transfer deadline approaches (Picture: Getty)

The French winger left United’s training camp to attend the birth of his child and privately told teammates he does not want to return, but United do not want him to join a Premier League rival.

United have only made two signings so far this summer, midfielder Fred and young full-back Diogo Dalot, though neither player has been involved in pre-season training yet and Mourinho is desperate to strengthen his squad.


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