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| Toby Alderweireld to Manchester United and Anthony Martial to Tottenham… who would be getting the better deal from a swap this summer?
| sbo168 The news of Manchester United wanting Toby Alderweireld and Tottenham Hotspur wanting Anthony Martial naturally led to talk of a swap this summer. Jose Mourinho wants to improve his defence, while Mauricio Pochettino is not one to pass up an opportunity to add young attacking talent to his team. Already it feels as if this could become the summer’s first transfer saga as talks continue between the two clubs, but who would be getting the better deal? Sportsmail examines…
Value to their own clubsIn other words, how much worse off would Tottenham be without Alderweireld? Would they fall apart? Or can they cope without the central defender? The same for United without Martial. Would they miss him? Would Mourinho be left red-faced and full of regret because he let another future world-beater leave? The answer may lie in the two teams’ win percentages with and without their players. Pochettino tried to prove a point to his contract rebel this season by barely selecting him when fit. Despite being one of the best defenders in the Premier League, Alderweireld started just three games in 2018. Some fans feared Pochettino’s stubbornness might harm them but it didn’t.
How badly do United need a defender?Tottenham owner Daniel Levy would like around £75million for Alderweireld – similar to the fee that Liverpool spent on Virgil van Dijk in December. Jurgen Klopp has certainly seen an improvement since signing the Dutchman from Southampton. Mourinho wants that impact too and the Portuguese seems to think Spurs’ stylish defender is the answer to his problems. United conceded 28 goals this season – only one more than Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It saw them finish with the second-best defence in the Premier League.
Do Spurs need another attacker?When Harry Kane suffered ankle ligament damage at Bournemouth in March, it said a lot that Pochettino decided to bring on Erik Lamela rather than Fernando Llorente. Llorente started only one Premier League game this season and was used as a substitute 15 times. The striker has grown frustrated and could try to jump ship this summer. Most would not blame him. It is the same as what happened to Vincent Janssen, although Pochettino claims the two situations do not compare. sbo168
PotentialMartial became the world’s most expensive teenager when he was signed from Monaco for £36m, rising to £58m. That was in September 2015 when he was just 19. The potential was enormous. Now 22, Martial has 86 top-flight games under his belt and has scored 24 goals in Manchester. He has been left out of France’s World Cup squad, showing how his career has stalled at United, and may feel he still has a point to prove in the Premier League. Time is still on his side, at least. Meanwhile, with Alderweireld now 29 years old, he is set for one last big contract, hence why he has been holding off putting pen to paper with Tottenham.
So who would be getting a better deal in a swap?In our opinion, Tottenham.As the season went on, and the contract stand-off continued, it kept looking likelier that Alderweireld would be leaving. Spurs then had no choice but to try to make it work in their favour. Selling to a rival is never ideal but snapping up a 22-year-old attacker with Premier League experience and plenty of potential would hardly be a bad consolation prize. Alderweireld’s inability to get in the Spurs side this season during his unsettled spell said a lot. Pochettino continued to leave him out, showing faith in 21-year-old Davinson Sanchez, and it did not stop Spurs in their fight for the top four. sbo168