Man United hand massive blow in race for 29-year-old No.1 defensive target




Manchester United have been dealt a massive blow in race for Toby Alderweireld, as Tottenham Hotspur have extended the defender’s contract by a further 12 months after triggering a clause in his deal.

The 29-year-old centre-back has been a mainstay of a Tottenham side which have become established Champions League regulars under Mauricio Pochettino and are back in the Premier League title race following Liverpool’s defeat at Manchester City last night.

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Toby Alderweireld was heavily linked with a move to Man United last summer, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is believed to have vetoed a deal, harbouring concerns over the player’s injury record and value for money at 29 years of age.

The Spurs were said to be demanding £70m for Belgium international and although they have now safeguarded themselves against the prospect of losing him for free in the summer, his contract now includes a £25m release clause which can be activated in the summer.

Man United are understood to maintain their interest but will wait to finalise their long-term plan to replace Jose Mourinho before settling on their close season targets, while Inter are thought to be monitoring Alderweireld’s situation.

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