Manchester United target Toby Alderweireld has confirmed he will return to London this week to start pre-season training with Tottenham.
Alderweireld rejected a Spurs contract extension worth around £120,000-a-week last term, prompting manager Mauricio Pochettino to omit the defender from Premier League matches for much of the campaign. The Belgian international has 12 months to run on his deal in north London and has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Should Spurs trigger a 12-month extension clause in Alderweireld’s contract he will then be available for just £25m next summer but Tottenham have slapped a £75m price tag on him.
Alderweireld is keen on a move to Manchester United but the 29-year-old has confirmed he will return to London this weekend ahead of their Premier League opener against Newcastle.
‘I will return to London this weekend for the start of pre-season with my club,’ said Alderweireld.
United held discussions with Spurs at the end of last season but the two clubs were miles apart in their valuation of the defender.
United have been quoted £75m for both Alderweireld and Leicester City ace Harry Maguire. That’s led the Red Devils to explore cheaper options and Barcelona star Yerry Mina is available for around £40m.
The Colombian impressed at the World Cup, scoring three goals in Russia.