If there’s a person who might — might — be as unhappy as your typical Tottenham Hotspur supporter today, it’s probably Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. United have been working all window to try and secure another solid center back for their Premier League campaign, and much of their attention has been focused on Spurs’ want-away Belgian Toby Alderweireld.
However, Spurs have not budged on their valuation as of yet, and are insisting either a ton of money (reports say £55m) or that Anthony Martial be included in the deal. That’s been a no-go for United chief executive Ed Woodward, and according to the Manchester Evening News, Mou doesn’t expect United to sign any more players.
“The information I have is no,” Mourinho replied.
”So I will have to focus on the players I have and in relation to this first couple of matches, maybe four matches because after Burnley there is national team and a couple of weeks to recover people and prepare people better, is to focus on players available so I’m not thinking about that list I give you, I focus on what we have.”
If that prediction holds true, I’m split as to whether this is good or bad for Tottenham. If Mauricio Pochettino can mend relationships with Toby to the point where he actually plays football for Spurs again, then that’s one thing. But either way it sure looks as though Toby would be leaving Spurs for £25m next summer, and that’s a significant loss in monetary value, one that might not be matched by his on-pitch performances.
There’s still [checks watch] five and half hours left in the window, and who knows what’ll happen here at the end.