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Manchester United scouts 'unconvinced by Toby Alderweireld'

Man Utd 'unconvinced by Alderweireld'
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Manchester United scouts reportedly recommend looking at alternative targets after developing concerns about Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld.

Manchester United's scouts have reportedly recommended considering other targets to Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld this summer.

United have been heavily linked with a move for Alderweireld during the current transfer window due to the Belgian's uncertain future in North London beyond next season.

Alderweireld's current contract includes a £25m release clause which will be triggered next summer, and talks over a new deal have so far proved fruitless.

Spurs are therefore considering cashing in on the 29-year-old with United favourites for his signature, but the Manchester Evening News reports that club scouts have developed concerns about the player.

United are thought to value Alderweireld at around £50m - some £20m below Tottenham's asking price - but could now prioritise other targets in their bid to bolster their defensive options.

A host of centre-backs are understood to be on Jose Mourinho's radar, including Raphael Varane, Jerome Boateng, Kalidou Koulibaly, Milan Skriniar, Alessio Romagnoli, Jose Gimenez and Caglar Soyuncu.

United are not planning to sell any of their current centre-backs this summer either, meaning that six players could be battling it out for two places next season.


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1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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