ESPN claim that Manchester United are set to offer Chris Smalling or Marcos Rojo in order to complete their move for Toby Alderweireld.
Alderweireld remains Jose Mourinho’s top target despite links to Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma this evening; it has been reported this week that Tottenham’s search for a replacement is the only hold up of the transfer.
To that end, it is being suggested that United might well step in to help out, and offload one of their surplus centre-halves, with both Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo suggested as options.
From ESPN :
Toby Alderweireld remains another option, largely because Tottenham have made it clear they are willing to sell.
Sources close to both United and Tottenham insist no formal bid has been lodged, although Spurs are braced for a deadline-day offer — which could include either Chris Smalling or Marcos Rojo to satisfy Mauricio Pochettino’s desire to find a replacement before Alderweireld is allowed to leave.
The club are willing to listen to offers for Rojo, but the Argentinian will stay at Old Trafford if another defender does not come in.
United, according to sources, would want any deal for Alderweireld to reflect the fact he is refusing to sign a new contract and would be available for £25 million next summer.
Certainly, the suggestion would seem to be win-win, certainly with United fans who would not lose any sleep over either player being used as a makeweight.
Whilst it has been claimed that breakthroughs have been reached at various points throughout the week, Spurs still are reportedly determined to get a fee of over £55m for their player, despite being in a position where he would be available for £25m next year. And United have been unwilling to go over £40m. With the inclusion of one of United’s own defenders, it may be the most reasonable compromise yet.