World-Class No.4 Centre-Back Could Complete Move to Old Trafford in January

September 11, 2018

Former Tottenham Hotspur star Jermaine Jenas has predicted that Belgian centre-back Toby Alderweireld will complete a move to Man United this winter.

The 29-year-old Spurs defender was at the top of Jose Mourinho’s wishlist this summer, however, Spurs’ £60million asking price put Man City off a potential deal.

Belgian star is out of contract at the end of the campaign but the Spurs can extend his deal by another year which will trigger a release clause allowing the Red Devils to sign the Belgian for only £25m during a two-week period.

While Jenas believes that Alderweireld is key for Pochettino’s plans, he believes it’s almost inevitable that 29-year-old defender to make a switch to direct Premier League rivals.

‘Spurs 100 per cent still need Toby. Davinson Sanchez is a good player but he’s not the finished article and he’s not better than Toby,’ Jenas told Express Sport.

‘Toby and Jan [Vertonghen] together is quite possibly the best or the second-best centre-half pairing in the world.

‘People probably argue Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos [at Real Madrid], who run them close. Why you wouldn’t want that, I don’t know.

“I think his age and the fact that he’s started to pick up a few injuries doesn’t help Toby.

‘From United’s point of view they were saying ‘why should we pay £60m when we can get him for £25m in January?’.

‘I’m almost certain if he’s not gone by the end of this window already, then he’ll go to United [in January].’

Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho is currently using Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly as his defence pair in the centre while Luke Shaw has settled on the left-flank.