Manchester United have reportedly agreed a deal with Tottenham for centre-back Toby Alderweireld, with Spurs’ search for a replacement the only obstacle left to clear in finalising the transfer, according to Goal.
29-year-old Alderweireld has been a target of United’s all summer, but the club had reportedly given up hope of signing the Belgian as Tottenham’s reported £75million asking price was too high.
But reports this week suggested that the defender had his mind set on a move to the Red Devils, and a clause in his Tottenham contract that would make him available for £25 million next summer is likely forcing Spurs’ hand. The agreed fee is thought to be closer to £57m.
However, United are wary that Spurs could pull out of the deal at the last minute if they can’t line up a replacement. The club, who have been linked with centre-backs Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng, and Yerry Mina this summer, are continuing to look at alternatives to Alderweireld should a deal fall through.
The 26-year-old, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, was handed an extended holiday after finishing third at the World Cup with Belgium.
However, Courtois was expected to return to the Blues’ Cobham training base on Monday, but did not attend.
Reports suggested he was also absent on Tuesday, having told new manager Maurizio Sarri he wanted to leave the club before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Should Courtois – signed from Genk in July 2011 before spending a three-season loan spell with Atletico Madrid – not resume training with the Blues, he is likely to face an internal disciplinary meeting and the potential of a fine of up to two weeks wages.
Press Association Sport has contacted Chelsea for comment.
The likes of Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid and Stoke’s Jack Butland are potential replacements should Courtois depart, but all parties are up against the transfer deadline to get any potential deals completed.
Chelsea, meanwhile, could also be set to make another addition to the squad with a loan deal for midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.
The Blues, beaten in the FA Community Shield by Manchester City last weekend, complete their pre-season games against Lyon at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening.
Chelsea will open the new Premier League campaign at Huddersfield on Saturday.
Modric, 32, is believed to desire a lucrative move away from Santiago Bernabeu after six highly successful seasons. The Serie A side are prepared to offer extravagant wages, plus a €15 million loan fee and €20m more for a permanent move next summer.
Mundo Deportivo have stated that this proposed method has angered Los Blancos. They believe sponsorship money from owners Suning Holdings Groups will be diverted to pay for the deal as a means to avoid Financial Fair Play infractions, which contravenes UEFA rules.
Modric has scored 13 goals in 257 appearances for Madrid.