Tottenham look well and truly trapped in their attempts to keep Toby Alderweireld at the club.
The Belgian centre-back has shown absolutely no enthusiasm towards signing a new contract with the club and Manchester United are ready to pounce this summer. Spurs may select a hefty asking price but, realistically, they need to sell up before September.
Tottenham have the option to extend Alderweireld's contract by one year yet a clause in his deal means he would be given a release clause of £28 million if that was the case.
Unless Spurs sell up this summer, they either risk losing the 29-year-old on a free or for a mere fraction of his asking price.
Then there's United. With doubts over Phil Jones and Chris Smalling as well as the Eric Bailly saga unfolding, the club are on the hunt for a new centre-back.
Man Utd in Alderweireld talks
According to a recent report from the Mirror, the Red Devils have already opened talks for the Belgian even if Tottenham could demand £75 million for his services.
The north London club believe United should meet the price paid by Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk back in January.
Whether or not the necessity of selling this summer will see them budge on this price is unknown.
United refuse Spurs' Martial request
However, according to ESPN, Friday saw a rather interesting development in discussions.
It's believed that Tottenham tried to introduce Anthony Martial into talks this week, potentially to try and cut a swap deal with Alderweireld.
The Red Devils weren't having any of it, though.
At the expense of ruining the Alderweireld talks, United have told Tottenham that Martial will not be included in any potential deal. It indicates that Mourinho has no interested in moving on the Frenchman this summer.
To say the move has gone down well with United fans, would be putting things mildly. Check out the reaction below:
The only exception to the news is that a deal could be considered if Martial personally pushes for the move.
Even then, however, it's questionable as to whether United would sell up to a Premier League rival.
There is no need for them to bow down to Tottenham's wishes when they already have them in a corner over the Alderweireld situation.
Unless another club comes in and delivers the £75 million no questions asked, it seems Mourinho will get his hands on Alderweireld sooner rather than later.
It would certainly be a big move for the club and one, perhaps, that could help close the gap to Manchester City next season.
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