Manchester United reluctant to move for Toby Alderweireld because of Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are reluctant to launch a bid for Toby Alderweireld in the summer due to the prospect of having to deal with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy, according to reports.

Levy, who has a reputation for being an intractable figure in negotiations, forced Man United to pay an excessive £14m fee for Michael Carrick and refused to even entertain the prospect of selling Eric Dier last summer.

Alderweireld has been made available ahead of the summer after reaching an impasse with Spurs over the wage packet to be included in his next contract, with the North London side reluctant to give the Belgian £150,000 a week due to his age (29 next week).

But according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, United are interested in the defender but are understandably reluctant to enter negotiations with Levy.

Barcelona are said to be frontrunners to secure Alderweireld’s signature if no resolution over a new contract at is reached between the Belgian and Spurs. They will, you sense, suffer greatly at the hands of Levy, who will take full advantage of their need to replace  geing pair Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano, who has already left the club.

United, on the other hand, will need to take their business to a chairman of greater flexibility.

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