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United Set To Fight It Out With Barcelona For Belgian International Defender

Barcelona are keen on signing Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld in January, according to reports in the UK.

The Catalan club have only two fit centre-backs currently and they are said to be looking to reinforce their defence when the transfer window reopens.

Ajax centre-half Matthijs de Ligt is believed to be Barca’s favoured option, but they are aware that any deal before the summer is highly unlikely. A move for Alderweireld is therefore seen as more realistic.

The Spurs star’s contract expires in the summer, and while the London club do have the option of extending it for a further year, it would also bring a £25m release clause into play.

Manchester United could also rival Barcelona for Alderweireld’s signature. Manager Jose Mourinho has repeatedly stated he is unhappy with his options at centre-back and the Belgian international is likely being considered as a possible solution.

The defender remains a regular for Tottenham despite his contract impasse with the London club, making nine starts in all competitions this season.