Manchester United boss given green light to sign Belgian defender

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly been given the green light by the club’s hierarchy to make a fresh approach to sign Toby Alderweireld at the turn of the year.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender was among the prime targets for United during the summer with Mourinho expressing his desire to pursue a new central defender in the transfer window.

However, a move never materialised with the club being reluctant to spend over the odds on any player and this has directly hampered their league form owing to a leaky defence.

According to The Sun, the Red Devils boss has been given the go-ahead to pursue the Belgian when the transfer window reopens with an offer of around £40m planned for his services.

Alderweireld’s current contract with Spurs is scheduled to expire at the end of the season but they have the option of a 12-month extension clause which can be triggered in the near future.

Still, the extension does not offer them much advantage other than time, given the defender would be available for just £25m during the final fortnight of next summer’s transfer window.

As such, Spurs may take the wise decision of parting ways with Alderweireld in the New Year, should his contract standoff continue, but a sale to a league competitor remains questionable.

Spurs and United have not done any transfer business since Dimitar Berbatov’s transfer to the latter more than a decade ago and chairman Daniel Levy may yet play hardball over any discussions.

Alderweireld has been pretty much a regular for Tottenham Hotspur since the start of the current season and he has managed to start 14 of their opening 16 Premier League matches.

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