Giallorossi join race to sign €40m-rated Red Devils long-term target

Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld is the subject of interest from AS Roma, who are poised to beat Red Devils to his signature. Belgium international has been one of the most consistent performers in Premier League over the last few years, and he played a key role for Spurs during their fantastic run to last season’s Champions League final.

Toby racked up 50 appearances across all tournaments for Mauricio Pochettino’s side last term and remained a fixture at the back while Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez were rotated as his centre-back partners. Red Devils were considering meeting Belgian defender’s £25m release clause earlier this transfer window.

Man United are now ready to miss out on a smart signing, as Giallorossi plot a transfer swoop for the Spurs star. In today’s market, £25m for a footballer with Toby’s experience and quality is an absolute steal, but the cut-price buy-out clause in his existing contract will expire at the end of this month.

The Italian club are prepared to make a move quickly as Paulo Fonseca looks to bring in two new centre-backs before the start of the campaign, while Red Devils are in danger of being caught dragging their heels. The 30-year-old defender could help solve the Norwegian coach’s main issue at Old Trafford.

Alongside the talented Victor Lindelof, Toby would surely have a massive impact at Man United and help take the club forward next campaign, but he now looks likely to accept a new challenge away from the Premier League. Red Devils have seen a £70m bid for Leicester’s Harry Maguire rejected during this summer.