Report: Mauricio Pochettino identifies replacement for Toby Alderweireld at Tottenham Hotspur

Eric Bailly of Manchester United gestures during the friendly match between Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on August 5, 2018 in Munich, Germany.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be plotting a move for Manchester United's Eric Bailly.

Eric Bailly of Manchester United gestures during the friendly match between Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on August 5, 2018 in Munich, Germany.

According to the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen for Manchester United’s Eric Bailly to be his replacement for Toby Alderweireld.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has told Bailly he can leave United, and Spurs are now keen to bring the centre-back to White Hart Lane.

Tottenham are competing with Arsenal for Bailly’s signature, with the £30 million defender (Daily Star) looking likely to leave Old Trafford this summer.

 

Spurs may hold an advantage over their London rivals, as United are interested in Alderweireld themselves.

It has been suggested that Bailly could be used in a swap deal with Tottenham for the Belgian, in a deal which could suit both parties.

Spurs can only bring in £25 million for Alderweireld if they trigger an extension in his contract which will extend his current deal for another year, which means he looks set to leave as things stand.

Eric Bailly of Manchester United looks dejected in defeat after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester United and Sevilla FC at Old Trafford on March 13,...

Alderweireld’s departure would be a huge blow to Spurs, as he has been a vital member of Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team over the past years.

But Pochettino is now making plans to replace Alderweireld, and Bailly is said to be the man he has identified as ideal for the role.

Eric Bailly of Manchester United, Chris Smalling of Manchester United and  Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg...

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