Tottenham must demand Juan Mata in exchange for Toby Alderweireld

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United tackles Juan Mata of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on November 18, 2017...

Manchester United are trying to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham.

Toby Alderweireld of Belgium controls the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 14, 2018 in...

Manchester United are continuing to try and sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham in a saga which could run right up until the transfer deadline.

Spurs are hoping to sign Anthony Martial in part exchange but United are reluctant to let the Frenchman leave to join a competitor, with The Telegraph reporting their plans to block any approach from Tottenham.

Perhaps instead, Tottenham should demand to sign Juan Mata in part exchange.

 

Mata is 30-years-old and selling him will not scare United like it would Martial.

The Red Devils signed Mata for £37.5 million from Chelsea in 2014 under David Moyes.

He has been a steady yet unspectacular signing for United, with his best form in the Premier League coming at Chelsea.

Juan Mata of Manchester United scores a goal during the International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Sampdoria at Aviva Stadium on August 2, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.

It was United boss Jose Mourinho who sold him to United, and the manager may be open to doing so again if it meant landing Alderweireld.

The Spaniard needs a fresh challenge, under Mourinho in the Premier League he started 19 games out of 38 two years ago and 23 matches last season.

For Spurs he could still be a tremendous addition, helping share the creative burden with Christian Eriksen.

Getting Mata in would represent a late win for Spurs, and if they can't get Martial, the Spaniard should be their next option.

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United tackles Juan Mata of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on November 18, 2017...

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