The former Republic of Ireland forward, Tony Cascarino, has revealed why Manchester United didn’t sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld for £25m this summer.
The 30-year-old Belgian had a release clause of just £25m in his contract at Tottenham which expired last week, however, Manchester United refused to go along with the transfer, much to the surprise of many.
The Red Devils are in the search of a Central Defender to partner Victor Lindelof at the back and Toby Alderweireld, who is one of the best in the Premier League, could have been an ideal option for the position.
But hey, who wants Toby Alderweireld for £25m when you can sign a Harry Maguire for £80m?
As per Tony Cascarino:
“Ole is looking way beyond two seasons.
“I think it’s a bit of everything. Maguire is 26. Alderweireld is 30.
“Now, United will have the same problem in two to three years time, and they might get two or three years because Alderweireld is a very good defender. But they are looking beyond that.
“They want someone to be there for at least half a decade. So that’s why they are looking at someone like Maguire. They [United] have to go younger now.”
While Manchester United and Jose Mourinho actively tried to complete the transfer of Alderweireld last summer (there was no release clause back then), it seems like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to move on in another direction.
Meanwhile, the deal for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire is still stuck in the limbo over the financial matters and with Premier League set to kick off in less than two weeks, we are still short of a world-class central defender.
Do you think a 30-year-old Toby Alderweireld for £25m would have been a better option for United than a 26-year-old Harry Maguire for £80m?