Manchester United finally get their hands on Tottenham defender

Toby Alderweireld

GETTY Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is expected to join Man Utd today

Finally some great news for Manchester United fans in the transfer window. Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld were also targeted by United but the deals did not materialise for different reasons (h/t The Sun). The Belgian, formerly of Atletico Madrid, could join United within 48 hours. Spurs were adamant in asking £75m for the defender, but United weren't keen to shell out as much.

Alderweireld has always been manager Jose Mourinho's top target to strengthen the centre of defence, but Daniel Levy's reputation as a tough negotiator, especially with United, has once again proven to be the case.

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GETTY Man Utd defender Chris Smalling could join Tottenham

After negotiations now, there has been a breakthrough between the two clubs.

With the player suffering an injury last term, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino turned to Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez as his preferred centre-back partnership.

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The 83-time capped Belgium global is expected to finalize his move to the Old Trafford in the next couple of days.

United monitored his situation closely and was always the top most priority.

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According to The Mirror, United are understood to have found a breakthrough with regards to the central defender after Spurs made a decision to come down from their £75m valuation. The towering defender is regarded as one of the best in his position in the Premier League, despite going through a hard 2018-19 season.

The 6ft 5in centre back did go and have a strong World Cup campaign with Colombia, scoring three goals in three games, but his defending remains raw and rough around the edges, with major development needed. Although he will have to fight for a place given United's resources in central defence.

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