Manchester City are considering making a move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld, which would see them challenge neighbours Manchester United for his signature.
The 30-year-old Belgian has a release clause that allows him to leave Spurs for just £25million this summer, and this has attracted interest from around Europe.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain have all made it known they would be happy to take former Ajax and Southampton central defender – but he has made it clear that he is keen on staying in the Premier League.
United have long been favourites to land the player, but now City are looking closely at the player – who they realise would be a cut-price way of bolstering their defence.
City are in the market for a long-term partner to Aymeric Laporte. Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones have both failed to live up to expectations of the club’s hierarchy and captain Vincent Kompany is only able to play a certain amount of games given his fitness levels – meaning there is room for another defender.
Despite City’s interest, United remain confident that Alderweireld will opt to join them. Spurs could very well take a player from United to replace him, with Eric Bailly believed to be a player Mauricio Pochettino would consider.
And Bookmakers are not seeing Alderweireld anywhere but United, with BetVictor currently making them Evens to land him.