Man United news round-up: club in pole position, defender to arrive, club handed boost

Man United in pole position to land Premier League "boss of the defence"

Manchester United ready to splash the cash to land Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham Hotspur in upcoming summer, according to the Evening Standard.

The Red Devils are believed to be leading the hunt to sign Belgium international, who appears to be set for an exit from Tottenham Hotspur this summer as lack of agreement continues over his salary at the north London club.

It’s stated that Manchester United are prepared to spend up to £40 million on Toby, with the one-time Atletico Madrid defender considering as a top summer target for Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United want to bolster their defensive options ahead of next campaign and Alderweireld is evidently heading their wishlist of potential recruits.

Tottenham Hotspur appear to be lining up substitutions for Alderweireld already, too, showing that his exit may not be far away. Mauricio Pochettino’s team want to land promising Ajax central defender Matthijs de Ligt, as per the report from the London Evening Standard.

The Red Devils have an abundance of centre-backs but it looks like Mourinho is desperate to add a world-class player to the ranks and Toby could be the man to provide that ahead of next campaign.

UCL giants £100,000-a-week star edging closer to Man United move

Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of securing the services of Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro from Juventus, it has been stated.

Jose Mourinho has given high priority to signing a new first team full-back after Luke Shaw failed to make an impression and the club have been keeping a close eye on a number of alternatives.

Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon and Celtic defender Kieran Tierney are believed to be their other goals, but Mourinho has reportedly gone with the option of the more experienced Brazilian Alex Sandro.

The Old Lady are reportedly expecting to finalise a deal to sell Sandro to Manchester United at the end of their respective campaigns, and it has been stated that an announcement could be in the pipeline.

According to the Italian daily newspaper La Stampa, Manchester United could announce a deal to land the 27-year-old from the Serie A giants following their FA Cup final versus Chelsea this weekend.

Alex Sandro could also have a complete pre-campaign with Manchester United should Alex join as he is not part of Brazil’s World Cup squad.

Man United handed boost as 25-year-old star set to leave club

Manchester United summer transfer target Fred has told Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk he wants to depart from the club in the summer.

The Brazilian midfielder has spent the past five seasons on the books at Shakhtar Donetsk after moving to Europe from Internacional.

And throughout his time in Ukraine, he’s attracted a lot of admirers, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is known to be among them.

The Red Devils want Fred to strengthen their midfield and help give more freedom to France international Paul Pogba to work his magic further up the pitch.

With the summer transfer market looming Fred has now revealed he’s described his decision on his future to Shakhtar Donetsk.

I’m very content at Shakhtar,” Fred told Brazilian outlet SporTV. “I’ve been working well here, but it has been five years.

“I made it clear to the club that I was very happy here but I want to make a more significant leap in my career.

“The club are reluctant to release [me]. I have a contract until 2021. As soon as I come back from the World Cup we will sit down, talk and look at the options.”